We bring you the latest comments from the boardroom as Steve Parish pens his latest programme notes ahead of this evening's game against Sunderland.
Firstly I’d like to welcome the directors, management, players and fans of Sunderland to Selhurst Park for this evening’s game.
During the break I attended a fantastic football conference in New York. BlazerCon is the brainchild of NBC’s Roger Bennett and Michael Davies and its popularity shows just how fast the interest in the Premier League is growing Stateside with fans travelling from all over America to attend, including many Palace fans who I had the good fortune to spend some time with.
An enjoyable couple of days were put into perspective by the terrible events in Paris. I know I speak for everyone involved at the club when we send our condolences to those who lost loved ones in the atrocious scenes 10 days ago.
It was a relief to hear that Martin Kelly and Yohan Cabaye were safe having been close to the terrorist attacks, but our thoughts are now with the people who suffered on that tragic night. It reminds us all here how vigilant we have to be in the face of these renewed threats.
There has once again been plenty of speculation regarding potential investment in the club. I can confirm that talks are in an advanced stage which would still see me as the joint largest shareholder alongside David Blitzer and Josh Harris, meaning the day-today running of the club will remain the same.
It’s important to me and the three other current owners, who will all stay involved in any future structure, that the club remains in the hands of people who love it as much as we do, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to drive it forward and establish ourselves as a force in the Premier League for a long time.
Redeveloping the stadium is key to that, and this is what the extra finance will help bring about sooner than we can at the present. I feel as though the current owners and new investors can work together well and hopefully a mix of UK and USA personnel can help avoid the mistakes fans from other clubs have experienced when boardroom level changes are made.
I know some people may have reservations about this but I firmly believe this is what is needed to move us to the next level, and as always we only have the club’s best intentions at heart.
If it all goes ahead then it’ll be great for Crystal Palace Football Club, but we all know that these deals are complicated things so if it doesn’t go through then we’ll still be in a good position. I’ve said that we hope to get things done before Christmas if possible but we’ll see – I’ll keep you informed.
Back to the football and it would be great to continue where we left off at Anfield. Without a doubt that was one of our best performances this season; Liverpool played very well and we matched them for large parts of the game to come away with a deserved three points, following a very good performance against Manchester United.
Here’s hoping we can keep the run going and get revenge for the defeat we suffered to Sunderland here last year.
Up the Palace!