Selhurst Park welcomed Premier League Managing Director Richard Masters as a special guest speaker to the club’s final Business Club Lunch of 2015.
Speaking to a room of nearly 100 attendees, Masters singled out Palace for having a niche which no other London club has been able to replicate, and highlighted the club’s upward mobility as a sign of promising times ahead.
“Palace have got two things; they play an attractive style of football and have a brilliant home atmosphere. They’re the only south London Premier League club, and compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, and Spurs, it still feels like a local club routed in the community which is a unique thing in London.”
With Steve Parish in talks to sell a sizeable shareholding of the club to American investors, the Eagles’ Chairman has been quick to reassure fans that he will continue to have the final say on any decision making, and Masters believes this will be a good thing for the club.
“Steve is a strong personality and has a strong point of view, and in the Premier League you need that. Ultimately it boils down to getting the three points each week, but Palace have a great manager in Alan Pardew and with the way the team have started, I can see them finishing in the top 10 this season.”
Asked about the hopes for teams like Palace to challenge for European places, Masters said things will only become more competitive with the new television revenue coming in for 2015/16, and can’t see why Palace can’t be competing for a place in the
“The way the revenue is changing with television money and how it is carved up, means that every team can have a competitive squad. They may not all be challenging for the title but anyone can beat anyone in this league and that’s what keeps the competition fresh and exciting and why it’s so popular around the world.
“When you see clubs like Leicester sitting top of the league after 14 games you can see things are changing for the better, and that will encourage other teams to challenge for similar success.”
Richard Masters was speaking at a Selhurst Park Business Club Lunch networking event. The event involves a three-course lunch accompanied by wine tasting, and is an opportunity for Crystal Palace corporate partners and their guests to meet like-minded business professionals.
The next Business Club event is taking place on Thursday 25th February 2016 with guest speaker Ed Warner. For more information, please contact Anna McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org