“There’s also been plenty of speculation over the future of Tony Pulis following the recent takeover at West Brom, with a number of bookies making him their favourite to be the first Premier League manager to go this season.
“Pulis insists there’s no chance of him walking away despite a difficult summer in the transfer market, but he has warned that their lack of activity means the Baggies are ‘well behind the game’ going into the new campaign.”
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: “It was a positive [summer] for our club because we had Steve [Mandanda] and Yohan [Cabaye] in the [Euro 2016] final.
“We had Jonny [Williams], Wayne [Hennessey] and Joe [Ledley] in the semi-finals. It was brilliant for us.
“They’re going to take that confidence into the season. Why wouldn’t you? It’s going to be a big benefit for us.”
West Brom head coach Tony Pulis on the chances of him resigning: “No, it is not a case of walking out or anything else. My aim is to try to get, over the next two weeks, five players in that will make a difference to this team.
“What if he [West Brom’s new owner Guochuan Lai] sacks me? You don’t know. That’s a question that remains to be seen and to be answered. As far as I’m concerned I’ve got a job to do, I’ve got a year left and I’m really determined to try to get these players in which is ever so important for the club.
“We’re well behind the game in that respect. We do need to start to get on the front foot. The club has been stagnant for a while; with new owners you hope and pray they’ll give you the backing to push this club on.”
The Baggies will still be extremely difficult to beat but I think Selhurst Park will be pretty lively on the opening day of the season, and I’m going for a Palace win.