The last few weeks have seen Crystal Palace bring in three new signings, keep hold of star man Wilfried Zaha and secure all three points in their opening game of the season away to Fulham, so it should come as no surprise to hear that Steve Parish is in a rather buoyant mood.
When appearing on BBC Radio FiveLive, the Palace chairman spoke at length about his admiration for boss Roy Hodgson, who has just put pen to paper on a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2020, much to our supporters’ delight.
Whilst Parish has been typecast within the media as a man who finds it difficult to get along with the managers he employs, the relationship between he and Roy is clearly going from strength to strength, with the 71-year-old speaking just last week about how fresh he still feels within the role. The sense of stability fostered by the former England gaffer really has been remarkable, with both his personality and tactical approach meshing perfectly with the club’s overarching ethos.
Having initially brought Dutchman Frank de Boer in with the intention of adopting a playing style that would cement Palace in the Premier League for the long-term, Parish happily admits that he has found exactly what he was looking for in Hodgson, whose experience both in England and abroad throughout a 42-year managerial career has given him a wealth of footballing knowledge that other coaches would kill for.
As an aside from the chat about Roy, Parish was inevitably quizzed over the interest we received in Wilfried Zaha during the summer and answered in a fashion which I feel sums up the attacker’s importance to us as well as anyone ever has. There are thousands of “experts” within the game who scoff at our valuation of the academy graduate but thankfully, the man making the final call understands just how cherished the Ivory Coast international is by our fan-base.