Last week saw both Josh Harris and David Blitzer officially announced as executive directors of Crystal Palace FC, but what do we really know about Harris as a man? The Mirror’s Ed Malyon has done some digging and given us as supporters an insight into his persona.
This piece allows Crystal Palace fans to gain a fantastic insight into what US billionaire Josh Harris will bring to the club within months of coming on board in SE25. After reading this, you’ll be more excited than ever about the next few years.
Already the owner of two US sporting franchises, the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers, Harris is well versed in the day-to-day challenges that the figurehead of a team is forced to contend with, but if Malyon’s research is anything to go by, it seems as though he’s far from a potential threat to our recent run of success.
Generally seen as a man who keeps himself to himself, Harris’ ethos appears to be geared towards making his team’s as attractive to supporters, players and coaches as humanly possible, in the hope of luring them in to help build something special.
Having spoken to journalists who have covered both of Harris’ clubs since he took over, Malyon suggests that Josh’s overall plan will focus largely on improving the infrastructure of the club with sizeable investment, leaving Steve Parish to control the daily football operations as he has been since 2010.
There are some fascinating insights within the article on the specific changes implemented in both Philadelphia and New Jersey since Harris first pitched up there; both in terms of the money that has been spent and the personnel that have been brought in. Everything written comes across in an extremely positive manner without appearing to be a manufactured piece of PR, which certainly bodes well for the future.
Far from the maniacal ownership style attributed to some of sport’s most high-profile personalities, Harris is painted as a quiet but determined man, whose ideas and business nous have led him to occupy a position of considerable power on the other side of the Atlantic.
If the above piece is to be taken seriously, you wouldn’t bank against him being a household name on this side of the pond in years to come.