Steve Parish has taken the opportunity to wish Sam Allardyce well in his new role with Everton but has warned him against trying to take goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson away from Selhurst Park in the immediate future.
Thanks to the Toffees decision to take Big Sam on, Crystal Palace are now due £2 million in compensation and whilst the Eagles chairman holds no personal grudge against the former England boss for answering the call of the Merseysiders, he’s still keen to ensure his arrival at Goodison doesn’t create too much havoc in SE25.
Yesterday, we covered the story linking Allardyce with a January move for Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt, which plenty of a red and blue persuasion seem open to but the prospect of losing a widely respected coach into the bargain certainly stings a little bit more for me.
Whilst I can understand Allardyce’s desire to build a coaching staff that he knows and respects, we have our own interests to look after first and foremost and with Margetson looked upon by everyone at the club as a key cog in our battle against the drop, I’m not surprised Parish has spoken publicly about his desire for Allardyce to back off.
In truth, Parish appears to have taken the news Sam’s Everton rescue mission remarkably well, refusing to take pot-shots at the man who decided to walk away from us just a matter of months ago. It seems as though he trusted his word back in May and still does now despite the change of heart, which after the long-running saga surrounding Tony Pulis’ departure is great to see.
Things will inevitably turn a little sour in Sam does persist in his pursuit of Margetson but from an outsider’s perspective, this early shot across the bow is a calculated move from Parish, designed to make supporters aware of our former gaffer’s motives just days after taking up his latest post.