The last few weeks have been stressful to say the least for fans of Crystal Palace FC but last night, club chairman Steve Parish appeared on Holmesdale Radio attempting to calm the nerves that have been spreading across an openly worried fan-base.
Whilst Steve has been known to appear on mainstream news outlets from time to time, his willingness to speak to the lads at Holmesdale Radio on a regular basis is something we as supporters should cherish, particularly when you consider the remarkable detail he is happy to go into when asked questions about matters that would normally be kept away from the eyes/ears of the general public.
At a time when supporters are genuinely worried about the club’s long-term Premier League status, the above interview does a stellar job of dousing any fires that had previously been threatening to get out of control, thanks to the measured yet passionate approach Parish takes towards answering each and every one of the presenter’s queries over the course of just over half an hour on the phone.
The conversation ranges from talk of Pardew’s sacking and the decision to replace him with Sam Allardyce, to tactical tweaks, the need for a dramatic improvement in our results and our plans in the January transfer window, making it essential listening for optimistic and pessimistic Eagles fans alike.
Of course, no words from Steve Parish, the manager or any of the players will mean much until we start picking up points on a regular basis once again but for now, given the predicament we find ourselves in, the aforementioned interview feels like a timely and desperately needed line in the sand for a fan-base who are beginning to show signs of serious disillusionment for the first time since CPFC2010 took control of the club from the grips of administration.
With a couple of days until the trip to face Bolton in the FA Cup, Sam Allardyce and his players should be in better shape by the time the Premier League creaks back into action, leaving us with little to no excuses for a continued run of poor form.
If you’re feeling a little down about our recent woes and let’s face it, who isn’t? This chat with the Palace chairman should go a fair way to raising your spirits following the Christmas period.