Crystal Palace have always been known as a club who are extremely proud of their academy but sadly, according to a report from London News Online, we are set to lose our youth performance director Steve Higham to Manchester United.
Despite only taking up the role in January of 2017, it looks as though the Reds have done enough to lure him away, leaving Palace with the unenviable task of sourcing a suitable replacement in time for the start of the 2018/19 season.
A huge aspect of Higham’s role in SE25 over the last 18 months has been to uncover and secure a new permanent home for the club’s academy players, following the decision to remove them from the first-team training base in Beckenham.
Whilst we do not have concrete news on that front just yet, the report from Matt Woosnam, a man who is extremely well informed when it comes to matters involving the Palace academy, suggests that we are now close to revealing our next step, ahead of significant investment from those at the top of the Palace hierarchy, in a bid to propel the club to Grade 1 status.
It will of course be extremely difficult to replace a man with Higham’s stature and experience within the game but as we know all too well, the footballing food-chain dictates that clubs of Manchester United’s size wield ridiculous power over individuals, leaving us fighting an impossible battle in trying to keep hold of him.
Hopefully, it won’t derail the exciting plans that he already appears to have put in place prior to his departure.