We bring you the latest views from the Boardroom with the column written by Steve Parish in today's match programme.
Welcome to the directors, management, players, staff and fans of Southampton Football Club to our Boxing Day fixture.
I hope you all had a good Christmas Day and it’s great to be here for the start of a traditionally busy fixture programme.
As we come towards the end of 2014 it is a good time to look back at the past year and for our club it’s one we can take a great deal of satisfaction from, both on and off the field.
For the first time in the club’s 109 year history we maintained our Premier League status for a second season and that was a proud moment for us all, especially our fans, who played a major part in supporting the team throughout our first, what might be described as, roller coaster season. It was a real demonstration of the character and grit at Palace and one that I know we can call upon this season when needed.
We started the season ready for the challenge ahead and it’s fair to say that it’s been a tough campaign so far, but, despite the results on the board, we’ve shown many moments of discipline, skill and real Palace passion, worthy of our Premier League status. This league is demanding and has many challenges and no-one was ever expecting an easy ride and now we need to work hard to add to the squad in the right areas to strengthen an already talented and hard-working group.
As always, at this time of the year you will have been reading a lot of speculation that has linked the club to a number of potential signings but we will do our business in the right way and will only announce deals on our official channels once they are signed and ready to be unveiled.
Before our next home game we take our place in the FA Cup competition with a third round draw at Dover Athletic. This really does have all of the ingredients of the magic of the FA Cup and it’s what the competition is all about. We are looking forward to going down there in the first weekend of the New Year and it would be great in the 25th anniversary of our 1990 FA cup final appearance for the club to have a good run in this competition.
Before that match though we’ve two league games to focus on. We have 21 more matches before the end of the season and the number one priority is to stay up. That’s what all the staff, coaches, players and I know fans are 100% focused on. We’ve done it before and I know we can do it in 2015, together.
Enjoy the game today everyone and from all at the club, a very happy, prosperous and peaceful 2015 to you all.
Up the Palace