Ahead of tonight's game against Newcastle United, take an exclusive look at Steve Parish's programme notes as he reveals his latest thoughts from the boardroom.
Firstly I would like to welcome the owners, directors, management, players and supporters of Newcastle United Football Club to Selhurst Park for the second time this season.
After a pulsating encounter back in September, let's hope its another great game but perhaps with a different outcome!
I write to you off the back of a fantastic win on Saturday; we're now at the crucial part of the season and the next 15 games will define our future. No-one is complacent just because we have had a few decent results, and I’m confident we will continue to do well, but your continued support will be crucial
Once again the transfer window has slammed shut and I’m delighted with our dealings over the past month. Having previously signed Yaya Sanogo, Shola Ameobi, Jordon Mutch and Pape Souare we continued to see what business we could on the final day. We’d been tracking Lee Chung-yong for the whole window so we were pleased we could bring him in, and for those of you who haven’t seen Chung-yong play he’s a fantastic football player and one I really think you will enjoy at the club.
We were delighted to also strike a deal to ensure Wilfried Zaha remains a Palace player. We were sad to see him depart, but thrilled for Wilfried when he made the step up to Manchester United two years ago but unfortunately things didn’t work out for him there. When we heard we could get him back on loan, I was hoping that we would eventually be able to turn that into a permanent deal, so I’m pleased we have done so now.
It’s brilliant to see him back enjoying his football again with us in the Premier League. We have a reputation across the land for developing superb young players in our academy, but over the years we have seen many talented youngsters depart. Therefore it’s fantastic that we have been able to bring Wilfried back home to south London when he has so much more to offer. Having got in the England squad when we were in the Championship, there’s no reason why he can’t do so again in the top-flight.
It was also a relief to avoid the usual stress and strain of deadline day and just get those deals that had been in the pipeline for a number of weeks over the line. It has been a well organised month of transfer activity for us, and I feel the squad is looking the better for it. I can’t wait to see our new stars bed in over the next few weeks.
As you know we recently launched season tickets to some consternation in the Stanley Stephenson area where we added £100 to the price but included £100 pounds worth of food and drink vouchers. It was a well-intentioned change but supporters let us know they were not happy. We’ve amended the terms, and whilst there’s now a small increase if you do not wish to have the food and drink option, there is also a 10% enhancement to the offer, so the £100 will now purchase £110 of food and drink.
This still makes us extremely competitive and it is one of the inexpensive places to watch football close to the halfway line, so hopefully as many people as possible will now take up the optional offer.
Finally a huge pat on the back for Yannick and Kwesi, who won third place and second place medals in the Africa Cup of Nations respectively, and of course Mile who lifted the Asian Cup. We're very proud of all three of them
Up the Palace
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