Constructive Criticism From Fans Should Be Welcomed At CPFC, Not Ignored

1 Posted by - September 18, 2017 - Audio, News

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.

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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  • Phil H September 18, 2017 - 7:53 am Reply

    What we don’t know is the board dynamics. Who holds the whip hand at board level? Is it SP or the US? Some decisions being made may be being made by majority decision not unanimity. SP may be having to go along with what has been agreed despite may be not agreeing with it.

    • admin September 18, 2017 - 7:58 am Reply

      That may well be the case Phil but I feel it’s key to remember that no one held a gun to CPFC2010’s head and forced them to bring Harris and Blitzer on board.

      If, as is quite feasible, SP is having to carry the can for decisions made above his head, I empathise with his frustration.

  • tzcar September 18, 2017 - 8:11 am Reply

    i feel everyone point,s the finger in the wrong direction.fact,s we,ve had a terrible 18 month,s.but nobody mention,s the player,s.same one,s associated with this decline.even the great sam,only just got us over the line.untill,has the gut,s to ditch,kelly,dann,hennessay,ward,pungeon,mcarthur.we,ve had it.i too feel roy will improve thing,s, but he needs saoure,sako,tomkins zaHA BACK.TO PROVIDE A PLATFORM TO BUILD.stop blaming parish,fdb.the evidence say,s we need to ditch these loser, stand any chance.

  • Tony September 18, 2017 - 8:12 am Reply

    The issue for me is the whole infrastructure and the fact that for all the years of premiership money we still seem to be looking at short term solution. FdB may not have been the the right choice, we will never really know, but given his record in bringing through youngsters and building from the ground up I worry we will drift back into spending big in the wrong window. We always seem to be new year buyers which if we are honest sees us paying inflated prices for players that others don’t want. We need a manager that is given the budget details in June and can start working with new players in the pre-season friendlies. Instead we seem to be making matters worse and having to spend big in the new year. Which means less money to spend on infrastructure. I know we failed to get planning permission for the training ground expansion but we need to address issues at all levels.

    I am not sure what the answer is but after 46 years as a fan I am not giving up, just wish the board laid out a clear plan of where we are going rather than wait for January and hope we can bring in the players to save us. I appreciate what SP has done for the club but we need stability and a clear plan for the future that is communicated to the fans and a level of transparency in the club so the fans don’t get blind sided by a lack of commitment. And if Parish does want us to go three at the back give a manager enough time to do the job.

    I could write a lot more but will save stuff for the next round of point the finger.

    • admin September 18, 2017 - 8:35 am Reply

      A very well structured comment Tony, can’t argue with a single word of it.

  • Richard C September 18, 2017 - 8:38 am Reply

    Didn’t need anything more than your headline really, it says it all.

    • admin September 18, 2017 - 8:41 am Reply

      Haha! I’m not sure if that’s a compliment, Richard…

      • Richard C September 18, 2017 - 9:31 am Reply

        Good articles would be largely unread without a great headline

        • admin September 18, 2017 - 2:35 pm Reply

          This is very true…

  • Mark September 18, 2017 - 8:50 am Reply

    We have a big problem with working out what we want to be. South London and proud is a great slogan but do we want that to actually mean? This is the main problem that the board have we don’t to things the way we want to as we keep lurching from crisis to crisis. A number of key fundamentals need to be established, are we a club that nurtures talent through and then sells at the right price or do we pay want to be more than this. What are the pints that we change.

    At the moments Parish and cpfc2010s legacy is not great, that doesn’t mean we’ve had a bad 5 years, quite the contrary, but that’s short term and not our legacy. Today’s legacy so far is a club that has moved further and further away from its fan base. One that over emphasises short term actions like a new fanzone or an expensive Asian sponsorship deal over building the academy, blooding youngsters or redeveloping the stadium (and I don’t mean cladding).

    2010 have done a lot of things wrong in the last 3 years whilst at the same time they have delivered the most successful period in the clubs history financially. The problem is now we are on a knife edge and a legacy is not built on precipices.

    It’s clear the board are intelligent guys but they do overthink and they need to make decisions simpler. They don’t do criticism well. I hope they learn quick as the future is currently bleak if we can’t pull out of this.

    • admin September 18, 2017 - 8:56 am Reply

      Another extremely well written comment. I suppose this is the period in which we get a feel for what happens at boardroom level when the heat is really on. Until now, SP has been almost without blame but over the last month or so, knives are being sharpened.

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