Steve Parish made an appearance on TalkSPORT yesterday afternoon, speaking to Hawksbee and Jacobs about the upcoming FA Cup semi-final with Watford at Wembley this Sunday.
Having initially appeared on the afternoon show to fill the pair in on the club’s plans to take a steam train down to the South Coast for the final game of the season away at Southampton, the conversation soon turned towards the pressing matter of this weekend’s clash with the Hornets, as Parish allowed himself to drift off into a dreamlike state when assessing our chances of FA Cup glory in May.
Perhaps inevitably, Parish was then pressed for his views on the success Leicester City have enjoyed this season, before being asked whether or not the Eagles could replicate the run of form that Ranieri and co. have managed once the 2016/17 campaign gets underway. As expected, the co-chairman took the opportunity to heap praise on the Foxes, before expanding on his long-held view that a club’s overall transfer spend does not hold the key to a long-term upturn in results.
Whether or not his comments are a precursor to a low-spending summer window will no doubt be a topic of some debate between now and June, but it certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise if we were to take adopt a thrifty approach in the lead-up to the new season, with one or two high outlay arrivals being supplemented by players who are perceived to represent good value for money on a number of levels.
Our model is one which has often led to a sense of mild frustration from supporters, but with Parish and his fellow directors all set to see the club embarking upon a fourth consecutive season in the top-tier for only the third time in our 111 year history this Autumn, they could feasibly argue that their methods have been an almost unprecedented success to date.
As always, Steve’s comments are well worth listening to if you get the chance. Enjoy.