With two days to go until the start of the Premier League season Tony Pulis has left his role as Crystal Palace manager.
It was widely reported Pulis and club co-chairman Steve Parish were holding talks to discuss issues relating to transfer dealings but Pulis has departed Selhurst Park by mutual consent.
Pulis has been frustrated by the club failing to push through deals for various players he targeted to strengthen the Palace squad.
News of the meeting emerged 48 hours before Palace's opening game of the season at Arsenal, which takes place on Saturday evening.
Pulis led Palace to survival in the top flight last season after inheriting a squad in turmoil in November, and was named the League Managers Association's Premier League manager of the year in May.
Before reports of the meeting involving Pulis and Parish emerged, Palace clinched the signing of Liverpool defender Martin Kelly on a three-year contract.
The 24-year-old made his Reds debut back in 2009 but found first-team opportunities limited, with a serious knee injury also ruling him out for a year.
Kelly, capped once by England in a 2012 friendly against Norway, became Pulis' fourth signing of the summer following the acquisitions of Chris Kettings, Fraizer Campbell and Brede Hangeland.
Confirming the move on their official website, the south London club wrote: "Crystal Palace are delighted to confirm the signing of versatile defender Martin Kelly from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee."