Steve Parish made an appearance on Radio 5Live’s Sportsweek yesterday morning. With the closure of the transfer window looming and the club having endured a tricky start to the season, it’s an extremely interesting listen.
Having fallen to consecutive defeats at the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season, I’m sure Steve felt pretty frustrated when making his way into the BBC studios at 9am but to his credit, he spoke openly and passionately about the current scenario both he and the club find themselves in.
With just one permanent signing made by the Eagles in the summer window so far, (Jairo Riedewald from Ajax) Steve is quick to question how clubs across the game are managing to remain within the strict guidelines set out by “Financial Fair Play” regulations whilst spending so much on players in recent months. It’s obviously a conundrum that has been puzzling him for a while and yesterday saw him raise his concerns eloquently in a public setting.
On the subject of potential incoming business, Parish is quick to nail down an exact number of new signings that he and the management team would like to make before the transfer window closes, whilst he admits that we will need to ship players out before we can operate fully in the market, given the need to balance the books.
There is also a discussion about Frank de Boer and his adaptation to the Premier League having only ever managed in Holland and Italy previously. Quite rightly, Steve is pressed on the reasoning behind bringing a manager of De Boer’s type into the fold at Selhurst Park and whilst he does admit to one or two teething problems for the Dutchman in SE25, the overall tone of his comments on the subject suggest that he remains fully committed to making his time with us a success.
Steve appears throughout the hour-long show alongside Times chief sportswriter Henry Winter. Ahead of what is sure to be an extremely busy 10 days for Palace both on and off the pitch, it’s well worth your time.