Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has called on Croydon council to increase their level of backing towards the club over the potential redevelopment of Selhurst Park.
Having spoken regularly about his desire to resculpt Selhurst Park since stepping in to save the club back in 2010, Parish has made relatively little headway with the project; a subject he has neglected to discuss in too much detail until now.
Following on from the scrapped plans to relocate the club to an all-purpose new arena in Crystal Palace Park, Steve and his fellow owners have always been open in admitting that their long-term aims for the football club include a major structural change to the stadium, not that we’ve ever seen much in the way of tangible progress behind the scenes.
Clearly, the endless sense of gridlock has now got under Steve’s skin, with the above quotes acting as an admirably pointed dig at the council themselves and Sainsbury’s, who maintain a level of influence thanks to the presence of one of their stores inside the Whitehorse Lane end.
Quite possibly made more restless by the go-ahead being given to the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea over the reconstruction of their stadiums on the same site, Parish is understandably peeved at the apathetic response of our own council members to his own blueprint for our future as a club.
It’s easy to get bogged down in on-field issues as a supporter but for Steve, there are plenty of other plates spinning simultaneously in the air too, with this particular bugbear having been eating away at him for more than half a decade one way or another.
Perhaps these surprisingly critical quotes are what is needed to get the wheels moving in the right places. You certainly can’t blame the man for trying.
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