Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace convinced he'd never receive the support he felt he deserved from the club's owners.
The Mail on Sunday says Pulis had planned to kick Palace forward during the summer, and believed he had convinced England centre half Steven Caulker to sign, only to find the club couldn't agree a deal.
He wanted to strengthen the squad with other top players, but increasingly clashed with Parish and director of football Iain Moody about recruitment.
Behind the scenes he has started work on plans to improve the club's training and medical facilities, just as he did at Stoke during seven years that dragged the club into the 21st Century.
But he believed that after working miracles to not just stay up but finish in 11th place - securing an extra £8million in merit money from the Premier League's TV rights distribution fund - he had earned the right to have a bigger say in where the club went next.
Palace finished the season in a rich vein of form losing only one of their last eight games and scoring 14 goals in the process.
And Pulis planned to serve up more entertainment while targeting a top half Premier League finish for the first time in the club's history.
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