It seems as though the media interest in Crystal Palace is at an all-time high of late, as highlighted by this recent in-depth interview with chairman Steve Parish.
Looking specifically at the financial ups and downs that he and his fellow owners have encountered during their five-year stint in charge of the football club, Parish comes across as ruthless yet fiercely protective of what he and the rest of CPFC2010 have built at Selhurst Park.
Learning on the job, Steve has become far more confident in his own abilities to delegate and plan for Palace’s financial future, lamenting the reliance football fans place on the “net transfer spend” splashed out in every window, insisting instead that is far more important to ensure that the overall make-up of your squad is balanced and ready for success.
As has always been the case, Parish is keen to push through improvements to the stadium and academy in years to come but admits that introducing the changes that are required can prove to be easier said than done in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the Premier League.
Indeed, the stress of running a top flight football club appears to be something that Parish embraces completely, encouraging his fellow directors, the management staff and the players to constantly strive for evolution both on and off the field.
In many ways, the speed at which things have kicked on under his stewardship should come as no surprise, given the success he had when building TAG, the own multi-million pound company he owned prior to his official association with Palace. It has embedded a feverish desire from within to push for the next target from day-to-day, which up to now, has worked out beautifully for everyone linked to SE25.
Take a few minutes to enjoy the interview above over your Saturday morning coffee. If you care about Crystal Palace FC, you won’t regret it.