You may have missed it last week, but Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish joined the HOL Podcast on Thursday evening to discuss all the goings on at the club in recent weeks.
Speaking prior to last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United, Steve mused over the situation regarding the strikers at the club, with Alan Pardew having had to cope without Connor Wickham for more than two months. Thankfully, he remained thoroughly upbeat on the subject despite our lack of goals.
Quizzed about the expectations that are now placed upon the club in every area both on and off the field, Parish was quick to admit that he looks to embrace the pressure that our continued success brings rather than shy away from it.
Pulling no punches on the standard of refereeing we’ve had to endure in recent weeks, there is no sense of the co-owner holding back in his comments, which is refreshing to say the least. Refusing to toe the Premier League line in relation to certain officiating anomalies, you’re unlikely to disagree with anything he says on the subject, given his passion over the injustices we’ve been hit with of late.
Giving some detailed views on the atmosphere inside Selhurst Park, Steve raises the question of whether a change in the demographic of our support is to blame for a perceived cooling in the general noise levels, before drawing direct comparisons between the cost of following Palace with other sporting pursuits, all of which makes for an interesting perspective on the situation.
Highlighting the need for perpetual progress from a playing perspective, the chairman reiterates his desire to keep the club in the Premier League for another year at the very least, before outlining the nature of his plans for the development of the club’s infrastructure in both the near and distant future.
Giving an overall feel for our plans in the January transfer window, Parish comes across in an extremely positive manner, admitting that he will be looking to add to the squad if the opportunity presents itself, before going on to discuss the changes that have been implemented to the care that is given to our young players who are currently out on loan across the country, all of which is more than likely to put a smile on your face.
Speaking for more than half an hour uninterrupted, it makes for an extremely interesting and enlightening listen as always, allowing us as fans to gain a glimpse into the inner workings of the club at every level with little to no area left uncovered.