The last couple of transfer windows have left plenty of Palace fans fearing another last-minute free-for-all over the summer but whilst speaking to the press recently, club chairman Steve Parish went out of his way to reassure fans that he, Dougie Freedman and the rest of the backroom team have learnt from their mistakes in recent years.
With an early window looming on the horizon tanks to the imminent World Cup, clubs will need to get to work incredibly quickly if they are to land all of their targets ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and whilst Parish is right to highlight the large sums we’ve splashed out over the last couple of years, he sounds determined to ensure that Roy Hodgson is rewarded for the stunning job he’s pulled off since stepping into the Selhurst Park dugout last September.
Having brought in Frank de Boer in a botched attempt to alter the “Palace way” of playing, Steve appears happy to admit that he and the club have been bailed out by the arrival of Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff. Somehow, the former England gaffer has taken us to the verge of a top-half finish with one game left to play, making it all the more important that his wishes are listened to and implemented between now and August.
Despite suffering an incredibly high number of injuries and bringing in no first-team regulars during the January transfer window, Roy has got us playing what is arguably the best football we’ve managed since making our way back into the Premier League in 2013. With that in mind, it’s hard not to get excited at the thought of what next season may bring, once the boss has had a full pre-season and a summer window, in which to further enforce his tactical beliefs and shape the playing squad in his image.
Keeping a manager in place over the course of an entire summer will feel like an achievement in itself after what we’ve been through as a club in recent years, doing so whilst securing our top targets in the transfer market without waiting until the final moments will make it feel as though all of our Christmases have come at once.
Let’s hope the plans that have been put in place behind the scenes come to fruition well in advance of Deadline Day this time around.