Palace chairman Steve Parish has voiced his disappointment at the deal which saw Glenn Murray leave the club for Bournemouth on Deadline Day.
Speaking to the Croydon Advertiser recently, Steve referenced the great relationship he had with the striker throughout his time in SE25, but admitted that Glenn’s choice to continue living on the south coast throughout his stay with us made the commute tricky.
Clearly desperate to get the best out of his remaining years in the game, Murray has taken the chance to join Eddie Howe’s Cherries revolution on the basis of more regular games at the Goldsands, but it hasn’t stopped the Eagles chairman from feeling a tinge of sadness at the move.
With £5 million coming into the club’s coffers in exchange for Murray’s services, there was little to no sense in keeping him in south London against his will, given his advancing years and a desire from the player’s perspective to make the switch happen.
There is no doubt that Murray enjoyed every second of his time with us, but over the last year or so, his enthusiasm for the task at hand has seemed to wane slightly, no doubt as a direct consequence of the time he’s been forced to spend on the bench.
Brought back into the fold by Alan Pardew at the turn of the year, he proved beyond any doubt that he was capable of scoring reguarly in the top flight, but thanks to the signing of Connor Wickham, Glenn will have felt as though the time was right to move on in search of a fresh challenge.
Steve’s words on the matter are an extremely nice touch, but as we prepare to face Manchester City with a chance to go joint top of the Premier League, it’s fair to say that Crystal Palace FC and Glenn Murray are moving in new, exciting directions; albeit on different tangents.