Somewhat surprisingly, reports over the last 24 hours have suggested that Roy Hodgson will be handed a “£40 million war chest” in January, as he bids to save Crystal Palace from relegation to the second tier.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that this story flies in the face of almost everything we were told about the state of the club’s finances over the summer, raising huge questions as to whether the board were simply uncomfortable with the prospect of handing over such a sizeable amount of cash to a man in Frank de Boer, who few appeared to have much faith in.
After the arrival of Jairo Riedewald from Ajax, Palace only made one further permanent signing during the summer transfer window in the shape of Mamadou Sakho, a player who was well known to the club long before De Boer even considered taking up residence in the Selhurst Park dugout. With the club keen to amplify the message that they were tightening their belts after a prolonged spell of heavy spending, I’m sure you join me in raising your eyebrow at the thought of an extra £40 million being thrown into the transfer kitty out of nowhere.
Supposedly, Palace have also told Roy to look into the possibility of finding suitors for many of the squad’s fringe players, whose high wage packets have previously stopped other clubs from taking them off our hands. Should he be able to, the suggestion is that the funds will be thrown in alongside the £40 million for him to reinvest as he sees fit.
It all seems a tad fanciful to me but if the money was indeed there all along, only being held back from Frank because of a lack of trust from above, I can’t help but wonder why we ever gave him the job in the first place.
Almost everything that has taken place at Palace in the last three months is mind boggling. Let’s hope we’re set to go back to something approaching normality from now on.
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