Last night, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish made an appearance on the Holmesdale Radio Show, an admittedly brave decision given the team’s wretched start to the season.
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Feat. Steve Parish out now – https://t.co/JZpo7gDnqs
— Holmesdale Radio 🎙️ (@HOLRadio) September 17, 2017
Having waved goodbye to Frank de Boer after just four Premier League fixtures, Parish was always going to endure a fair bit of criticism from both the press and Palace’s supporters for the haste with which he pulled the trigger and whilst I’m sure Roy Hodgson will remain in the hot-seat a fair while longer than his immediate predecessor, I can’t blame any fan for raising queries over the former England man’s job security if he too loses his first four games on the spin.
Unfortunately, thanks to a string of managers who’ve spent next to no time in the job, the whiff of short-termism is something the club will have to put up with for a fair while yet. It’s unpleasant but the media’s perception of us is something we have brought upon ourselves and until someone retains the job for more than 18 months, it’ll stick to us like glue.
In fairness to the club’s supporters, the sacking of De Boer wasn’t something being screamed for from the rooftops, with many desperate to see him given longer to turn things around. Having made that call, it feels as though Parish may have lost the ear of hundreds if not thousands of fans; a shift that has never been close to happening at any stage previously in his seven-year stint as Palace’s chairman.
Of late, for every fan who is quick to highlight his role in saving the club from extinction, there is another who will reference our dreadful home form over the last 18 months, difficulties in the transfer market or scatter-gun approach to managerial appointments. In truth, all of those voices raise valid points and should be given an equal level of consideration but it’s beginning to feel as though constructive criticism is being written off without even a moment’s pause by some.
For me, the fact that we are currently in the midst of a record fifth consecutive year in the top flight should be celebrated but not to the point of accepting a lack of further progress both on and off the field. To supporters, many of whom have been going a great deal longer than I have, this five-year stint is seen as a building block towards greater things but lately, it’s almost as though we’re being made to feel guilty for wanting the club to fulfill its no doubt huge potential.
I’ll happily declare my admiration for all that Steve Parish and his fellow directors have done for the club between 2010 and now but let’s not go down the path of berating fans for voicing and concerns they may have. The current sense of frustration within our fan-base is born out of passion, nothing more. If those above the them in the Palace hierarchy stop valuing that, we may as well shut up shop and accept relegation now.
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