As Crystal Palace’s search for a new manager rolls into its fifth week, the report attached below suggests there is a clash of opinions between Steve Parish and his fellow American owners.
For some time now, Dyche, Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank De Boer have been at the top of the betting to take over the role vacated by Sam Allardyce at the start of the summer but after 29 days of speculation, no one is really sure who we’ll go for.
That in itself is a testament to Steve Parish, who has obviously minimised the number of people being kept in the loop over his deliberations. Unfortunately, stories like the one linked to at the top of the page are a direct consequence of keeping things water-tight, as papers continue to speculate over the reason for the delay, with or without a credible source to back them up.
The supposed disagreements at board level could well be true, I know as little as you on that front but you can be sure that Parish, Harris and Blitzer won’t be happy with the article regardless of its foundations. Such things are never welcomed by directors, particularly when you consider the obviously delicate discussions that are bound to be taking place with potential new bosses as we speak.
You would assume that news regarding our next manager would break before this working week is over, given the time we’ve already taken in choosing the new man. As I’m sure you’ll agree though, the piece attached at the top of page muddies the water far more than you would expect at this stage of proceedings.
Big Sam’s decision to leave was something of a bombshell, there’s no getting around that. All I hope for now is that the next manager to take up residence in the dugout sticks around for more than a year or two.
Let’s hope our directors can all get onto the same page sooner rather than later.