As Palace fans, we all love John Salako, I mean, who couldn’t? The former winger has always placed the club on a pedestal, and now, after a few years of working within the media, he’s back in SE25 as part of Alan Pardew’s coaching staff.
John Salako is loving every minute of his coaching role alongside Alan Pardew at Palace, not that anyone would blame him. It’s fantastic to see someone so buzzed up over the idea of working for a club we all love.
Having joined shortly after first-team coach Ben Garner decided to part ways with us, Salako endeared himself further to the Palace faithful with his joyous jig in the immediate aftermath of our opening day victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road, admitting in the interview attached above, that he’s loving every minute of his time back at Selhurst Park.
The years following retirement were evidently a period of prolonged uncertainty for John, after trying and failing to break into the coaching side of the game with the help of former Palace boss Steve Coppell, but after assuming that his time had come and gone, a chance meeting with newly installed Eagles supremo and former teammate Alan Pardew saw him offered the chance to fulfil his dreams of holding down a coaching role at a top flight club.
The comments in the attached interview portray an image of a man who is truly thankful to have been entrusted with such a role at Selhurst Park, after wondering whether a career in TV punditry was all he was going to have to show for himself despite craving a platform upon which to prove himself from a coaching perspective.
Alongside the likes of Mark Bright and Richard Shaw, as well as the aforementioned Pardew of course, Salako is leading the charge for the club’s former players in what is an extremely positive new era for everyone associated with Crystal Palace.
Just as you or I would, Salako is desperate to enjoy every moment of the opportunity that he has been afforded. We’re sure you’ll agree, the enthusiasm he shows for the job in the interview attached above is infectious.