Palace Part Company With Chief Scout As Freedman Assembles His Own Team

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Crystal Palace have parted company with their chief scout Tim Coe after five years, signalling a change of direction behind the scenes, likely to have been heavily influenced by Dougie Freedman.

The club appointed Coe in 2013, after former boss Freedman had left for Bolton Wanderers and taken chief scout David Sclandlers with him to the North West, leaving a gaping hole in Palace’s backroom set-up. Now, the Scot has brought Sclandlers back on board, setting him to work alongside recruitment manager Omar Yabroudi. 

There has been a further addition behind the scenes in the shape of former QPR striker Kevin Gallen, who has signed up as part of the Eagles’ scouting contingent, having known Freedman well for years after playing with him as part of the Hoops’ youth team. Whilst it represents a significant change behind the scenes, I’m sure many will agree when I say that player recruitment was always an area and Freedman and his contemporaries seemed to excel in during his time as boss, giving me hope for the transfer windows to come. 

Coe’s legacy will be a mixed one, given the weird and wonderful variety of players the club splashed the cash on during his time with us. Whilst the likes of Patrick van Aanholt, Andros Townsend and Luka Milivojevic have been a huge success, the big-money deal for Christian Benteke, not to mention cheaper moves for likes of Lee Chung-Yong, Florian Marange, Jerome Thomas and Jordon Mutch amongst others, will always ensure that Coe’s time with us isn’t viewed as a complete success.

Will we see a different strategy in the market once January begins? If it means an end to Deadline Day drama, I’d be more than happy but for the most part, I can see the club moving back to a model which works to identify undervalued players from across the continent.

Watch this space.

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  • Spiceboy September 13, 2018 - 7:05 am Reply

    Freedmans own team it’s like the start of the apocalypse I fear for our future. I can imagine him George, zippy & bungle being assembled for 2019-2020 no avengers 🙁

    • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh September 13, 2018 - 8:44 am Reply

      This is the same team who signed Moritz, Ward, Damo, KG, Jedi, Murray and Bolasie on a shoestring. Hardly end of the world stuff is it?

    • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh September 13, 2018 - 8:46 am Reply

      Oh, and Rambo too!

      • Concerned Eagle September 13, 2018 - 10:00 am Reply

        Big difference signing players for the Championship compared to the top flight. And for every Bolasie that Freedman signed there was also a dud – lets not forget Antonio Pedroza and Jermaine Easter

        Rakip, Jach and Sorloth were all scouted by Freedman and none of them have proved themselves good additions.

        • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh September 13, 2018 - 10:41 am Reply

          Even the best scouting teams in the world sign the odd dud though. No one has a 100% record. Southampton with Dani Osvaldo during there peak blackbox years is a fine example.

          Given the money spent i would wager Sorloth and Jach will represent some value for money and will almost certainly be sold on for a profit. When you add Meyer on a free to that list there is a large margin for success and profit. Likewise Bolaise, Jedi and Murray were all sold on for a healthy profit.

          As HLTCO said in the post, Coe’s own track record was pretty bad – despite some major hits – with the added minus of no profits generated via sales. Jimmy Kebe, Jack Hunt, Emanual Adebeyor, Shola Ameobi, Floran Marange, Jordan Mutch, Jose Campana, Loic Remy, Patrick Bamford, Zeki Fryers, Kevin Doyle, Alex McCarthey, Mathieu Flamini, Elliot Grandin and Steve Mandanda probably have a shocking outlay on wages and transfer fee per appearance.

          Tifo posted a video about our finances lately and watching that suggests the days of big money transfers are over due to our income and wage structure. Freedman’s roles is to find diamonds in the rough, unfortunately this means a few rocks will also be signed

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