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Parish Plots A Glittering Future For Palace

25 November 2014

The Standard's Mihir Bose has spoken to Steve Parish for today's edition of The London Standard as the Chairman outlines the scale of his ambition for the club. 

“There’s no reason why Palace can’t cement itself as a Europa League challenging club,” he told the Evening Standard.

He recalled watching his first ever match as a seven-year-old, when Palace beat Chelsea 2-0, and said it was upsetting the club had fallen so far behind.

“When I was a kid, the experiences at Highbury and Palace were not that different. It will take a long time to come back to that position. But Southampton have no more money than us and they are second. So why isn’t it possible for us to come back?”

He told The Evening Standard’s Mihir Bose that Everton, who are playing in the Europa League, only have about £10million more non-TV income than Palace, and because the Premier League’s distribution of TV money is the most equitable in the world the financial gap between most top-flight clubs has narrowed.

In the interview, Parish also revealed he had told manager Neil Warnock to stop criticising referees because it simply antagonises officials.

“I don’t think Neil should complain about referees, I’ve told him that. I don’t think it helps us win matches. I don’t think a manager should do anything other than try to help his club.”

Parish said he had a great relationship with Warnock: “Neil’s brilliant. From a communications point of view, he’s the easiest manager I've ever had to chat to.”

He expressed disbelief at the way some club chairmen undermine their managers. “I don’t say when a manager loses, ‘He’s rubbish, I’m brilliant.’ I picked him. How can you cop out of that as a chairman? It seems bizarre. If a manager’s not performing, I think it’s all my fault.”

Parish spoke of plans to continue investing in the club, initially increasing the capacity at Selhurst Park to 30,000, and said he was always looking for fresh investment.

He said he had met American businessman Joshua Harris, “a proper, respectable person” but too much had been made of it. He gets four or five emails a week from people claiming to want to buy the club.

“If somebody came in and said here’s £150 million for players in a new stadium, as a fan of the club what right have I got to say, ‘Sorry, me and my mates [Martin Long, Stephen Browett and Jeremy Hosking] absolutely love doing this. We’re quite happy down in the bottom half of the Premier League if it’s all the same to you.’

“But I don’t get up in the morning and work on the theory that somebody else will own the club tomorrow. I get up every morning and think that I’ll probably still be here in 10 years”.

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