LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace has hired former Stoke manager Tony Pulis, hoping he can revive the struggling club and lift it out of last place in the Premier League.

The 55-year-old Pulis had been out of work since leaving Stoke last season and will take charge after Saturday's Premier League match against Hull, with caretaker manager Keith Millen remaining in charge for the match against the Tigers. Pulis signed a 2 ½-year contract and his first match in charge will be against Norwich on Nov. 30.

Pulis succeeds Ian Holloway, who left the club last month after a disappointing start to the season following the South London's club return to the topflight. Palace has just four points from 11 games but the club hopes Pulis can maintain his record of never having been relegated as a manager.

His appointment put an end to weeks of speculation after Aitor Karanka, Dan Petrescu, Chris Coleman, Andrea Stramaccioni and Iain Dowie were all linked with the job since Holloway's departure.