Crystal Palace today announced the arrival of Sammy Lee as Sam Allardyce’s assistant manager with immediate effect, replacing Keith Millen following his departure from the club yesterday.
It has been something of a whilwind 48 hours since our FA Cup Third Round tie against Bolton last weekend, thanks to the news that both Keith Millen and Andy Woodman were leaving us but with Steve Parish and his fellow directors seemingly fully committed to backing Big Sam’s ideas, a change to the coaching staff always felt inevitable to those on the outside looking in.
Whilst plenty may be unaware of it, Millen had looked after the coaching of our defenders for the entirety of Alan Pardew’s reign in SE25; a fact which presented its fair share of problems throughout Alan’s final 12 months at the helm. Of course, last weekend’s clean sheet at The Macron Stadium gave us all a timely if small boost but in truth, you can’t blame Allardyce for wanting to clear the decks and start afresh with a face he knows well in the shape of little Sam.
Despite a relatively checkered past, the above video interview with Lee should go a long way to calming any nerves Palace fans immediately experienced following his appointment as assistant manager. It’s easy to judge a man from afar but in reality, the immediate task facing our players, coaching staff and supporters is to navigate a path away from the bottom three; a challenge which Lee should help us with in rather prompt fashion.
There’s been a fair bit of discussion over the moral dilemma presented by the presence of the Sam-themed double act in South London but for me, there’s little to no mileage in judging the duo before they’ve been given a chance to get their feet firmly under the table at our Beckenham training base.
Speaking from a personal perspective, the interview featured above served as a welcome change of tone from the usual comments being spun out in relation to our playing staff. A change of message could well be good for all of us, let’s hope it leads to a positive display at the Olympic Stadium this Saturday.