The latest programme notes from Steve Parish as we bring you the From The Boardroom feature in today's matchday magazine.
Happy New Year everyone, and to the owners, directors, players, staff and fans of Tottenham Hotspur welcome to Selhurst Park.
It has certainly been an eventful Christmas on and off the pitch with everyone aware of events since the Southampton game. It’s with real sadness that I asked Neil to step down; Neil always knew he was an interim appointment but I felt I needed to make a decision earlier than planned. He is a good man and a real friend to the club; I can only wish him every success for the future. Meanwhile I’m delighted that we’ve been able to appoint Alan Pardew as manager. Alan is someone I have known for a little while and I feel he is the right man to progress the club to the next level. Needless to say we need to start getting immediate results and we will all be doing everything we can as a board to help him achieve that.
The Dover Athletic FA Cup game was a real respite from the league, I haven’t been as excited to go to a game since we took over the club. It was fantastic to see so many Palace fans make the journey, I think the crowd was a 50/50 split between Palace and Dover which produced a great atmosphere and some humorous chants. The result and performance were also gratifying and it was also fantastic to see Glenn Murray and Stuart O'Keefe back in Palace shirts. The next round will be another good tie against either Southampton or Ipswich Town; both clubs are in tip-top form so it will be a difficult tie away from home but hopefully we can progress.
The January madness is upon us and rumours are abound of this player and that player that we might be interested in. Some of it is true and some of it rubbish, but I guess football thrives on the interest it generates. Hopefully we can do as well as we did last January but it’s a difficult market so we will have to wait and see.
We had a fantastic Christmas at Selhurst Park which held many many events and Christmas parties, all of which were handled brilliantly by our in-house team. It's great to see the stadium being utilised more; for those of you who haven’t seen all the developments take a look at selhurst-park.co.uk. It's really a fantastic place to hold a meeting or event.
Anyway it's a massive game today, and I'm looking forward to Alan getting a great welcome (back) from everyone and all of us getting behind him and the team.
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