There have been plenty of interview snippets floating around with Steve Parish in light of the news that US billionaires Josh Harris and David Blitzer are close to purchasing a stake in Crystal Palace, and now, in an exclusive chat with the Croydon Advertiser, the Eagles chairman has put a specific time-frame on when the deal may be finalised.
Speaking to the newspaper whilst away in New York with the two potential purchasers, Parish moved to assure Palace fans that the recent developments should be looked upon as an extremely exciting opportunity for everyone associated with the football club, given the duo’s shared commitment to pushing us onto the next level in the coming years.
After taking in two NBA games during his stay, Steve was able to fulfil his lifelong ambition of watching Billy Joel perform live at Madsion Square Garden last night, ahead of what he no doubt hopes are the final few discussions that lead towards Harris and Blitzer making their connection with our football club official in time for the opening of the January transfer window.
Whilst much of the discussion regarding the imminent US investment has revolved solely around the possibilities it opens up in relation to Selhurst Park, there is bound to be a greater deal of financial backing given to Alan Pardew in the transfer market as a result of Harris and Blitzer’s involvement, as they look to establish the club as one of the major Premier League presences across the Atlantic.
For Parish and the other members of CPFC2010, any deal involving a shift of ownership will only serve to bulk-up their financial clout, easing the pressure of the original four to balance the books quite so stringently. Admittedly, we are never likely to see anything like the free-wheeling eras of Simon Jordan or Mark Goldberg again, but after five years of tightening our belt buckles, it’s nice to know that there won’t be the same degree of pressure to count the pennies for the foreseeable future.