According to club sources, Crystal Palace intend to appoint a manager in the next 48 hours, but whilst Pulis rejoinins Iain Dowie and Dan Petrescu on a three-man shortlist to succeed Ian Holloway, the Sun see Dowie as favourite.
Palace have missed out on a series of potential targets over the past fortnight, with Aitor Karanka and Rene Meulensteen respectively taking up positions this week at Middlesbrough and Fulham. Chris Coleman said he had never considered leaving his Wales job for South London despite at one point being favourite. Coleman pledged his future to Wales only on Friday.
Pulis, though, was initially Palace’s first choice and is now back in the frame following discussions with chairman Steve Parish. High wage demands were belived to have put Palce off Pulis in the first event.
Dowie and Petrescu, however, have also held talks with Parish and a final decision is expected imminently. “We're getting closer,” he said. "It's quite fluid at the moment. It's gone on a lot longer than we thought. We're talking to lots of people, getting lots of references. We are quite close."
"It's a difficult decision, and it is important we get it right. Once we get to the point of making an offer, a decision is made. We are not talking to anyone where finances are a problem." Pulis has been out of work since leaving Stoke City at the end of last season while Dowie was the Palace manager when the club was promoted and then relegated back down to the Championship in 2005.