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In The Media: Steve Parish

8 November 2014


Steve Parish has outlined his vision for the club's future with every team, from the academy to the senior side, playing the same style of football and an integrated recruitment policy.

Interviewed in today's Sun, the chairman said: "There is a new professionalism, a new diligence in clubs like Southampton and Swansea where the structure doesn’t fall apart when a manager leaves.

"We have to decide just how we are going to play all the way from the academy to the senior side and how are we going to find the managers who fit the way we want to play".

Reflecting on the departure of Tony Pulis just two days before the season, he said: "Tony and I never had a cross word about transfers and there was money available. Tony’s a nice guy, very hard-working and he did great things for the club. But the way people like me see where football is heading with directors of football and different ways of doing things might not have been his thing.

“That doesn’t mean I believe we should take player recruitment out of the manager’s hands. He should still be a large part of the process."

He said fixating on buying a single player often meant overpaying, adding: "I want players like the ones we have, old-fashioned ones who really care about the club". 

The most important attribute for a chairman was a willingness to say "No" and to run the club prudently, he told The Sun's Steven Howard. “We don’t say no gratuitously, we just say no to stupid ideas".

He pointed out his two predecessors at Palace, Mark Goldberg and Simon Jordan, had tried to do much with their own money rather than bring in additional backing. 

He told The Sun he felt sorry for Jordan: "(He) put in a great effort but got very unlucky, going down on the last day of the season in 2005. If the club had stayed up, I honestly believe it would have gone from strength to strength under him.

“If I have one criticism, he tried to do too much on his own and should have brought some other people in. You have to have enough in reserve to cover the downside.

“In football terms he hit the bar. Despite some of the things he has said about me he’s always welcome here”



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