We bring you the latest comments from the boardroom as Steve Parish pens his programme notes ahead of today's game against Sunderland.
Firstly I would like to welcome the directors, management, players and supporters of Sunderland to SE25 for this afternoon’s game.
It arrives at the end of a busy but fruitful week. After signing Jeffrey Schlupp (how quick is he by the way!), the final days of the transfer window began with Patrick van Aanholt becoming our second
arrival on Monday. This was an extremely important one for Sam as it’s a player he’s worked with before and he went straight in against Bournemouth for an excellent debut.
We followed this quickly with the signing of Luka Milivojevic, who is a player we have watched a lot in the Champions League and also for Serbia. We’ve missed a natural holding midfield player and we all believe that Luka can
be a great success here.
Clearly the win at the Vitality Stadium was a massive boost for everyone. I think the improvement against Everton was there for all to see, and at Bournemouth we managed to turn a performance into a result helped by
fantastic support. Given where we are in the league, it was probably one of the best displays by the Palace away fans that I’ve heard, and the scenes when Christian scored the second were a delight to witness.
My attentions were split throughout the 90 minutes as we were trying to get Mamadou Sakho finalised on loan from Liverpool. Again, this is a player we had targeted but in the rarefied atmosphere of the Premier League there were many
options for a French international, and we are delighted that Mamadou chose Crystal Palace over his other suitors.
I asked you to judge us on what we did in January at the end of the window, and hopefully you will agree that we have once again done some great business. I would like to welcome all our new recruits to the club, and I'm sure they’ll all play their part in keeping us in the top-flight next season.
I believe this is the most talented squad ever to wear the red and blue, but that doesn’t mean we can just expect our position to improve. Games are won on the pitch by fine margins, not in the transfer window, and the boys know this. If they work as hard asthey did on Tuesday and we support them in the unwavering fashion that I know we are caopable of, then I’m confident we can put this poor run behind us.
Speaking of support, from today season ticket holders can renew their seat at Selhurst Park for 2017/18. I’m pleased to announce that the majority of prices have been frozen for the fourth year running, meaning adult prices start from £420, seniors, students and young adults £280, under-18s £190 and under-10s from £95. Fans are now also able to keep their seat for years to come with the new auto-renewal feature which you can opt-in to when you renew.
All the information you need to do this is on cpfc.co.uk, and hopefully another win this afternoon will see this week go down as a pivotal one in regards to you watching topflight football again next season.
Up the Palace!
Don't forget today's 88 page matchday programme will be available around the stadium today, priced just £3.50, or can be download to your iPad or Android device for just £1.49.