Amidst a string of unwelcome defeats, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has had to keep one eye on plans regarding the proposed redevelopment of Selhurst Park, with the 51-year-old pleading for patience from Eagles supporters.
Parish revealed that, whilst he understands fans frustration at a lack of progress regarding the stadium, proposals over the expansion of the current structure are in the offing. The club are now due to meet with Croydon council in order to discuss redevelopment plans, with the hope of eventually securing the go-ahead for a 40,000 seater arena. With a current capacity of just over 26,000.
However, with no plans being made public as yet, a proportion of supporters in South London are beginning the question the likelihood of such changes. Having shared Selhurst Park with Charlton Athletic between 1985-1991 and more recently with Wimbledon between 1991-2003, Palace are keen to turn the stadium into a home to be proud of, with London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham both in the process of moving to new surroundings.
After finishing in fifteenth position in the Premier League table last time around, just five points above the relegation zone, Palace are understandably given odds of 2/1 by bookmakers Betway to finish in the top half this season. The full market is up on Betway’s website.
Despite significant investment, with the likes of Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and James Tomkins all arriving for big money, manager Alan Pardew is among the favourites with Betway to be the next Premier League manager to get the sack, with Sunderland’s David Moyes and West Ham’s Slaven Bilic also in contention. With Scott Dann having made a full recovery from injury, there have been significant calls for the former Birmingham man to receive a first call-up to the England squad, especially given their lack of talent in this position.
Meanwhile, away from the pitch, a recent survey has shown that Palace are also behind their Premier League rivals when it comes to languages spoken within the club. With only Spanish, English, French and Korean as the native languages among the players, Palace are indeed one of the least cosmopolitan teams in the division.