Writer: Eddy Eagle
Date:Wednesday October 23 2013
As said, various outlets have their own takes on the press conference today, and here Steve Parish heaps more praise on Ian Holloway for his time with us, and his decision to part ways with us to give us a greater shot at Premiership survival this season.
Our co chairman said that he had spent a good number of days trying to convince Holloway that he was the man to take us forward this season, despite the start we had made in the league, and the early exit from the League Cup, but Holloway in a recent meeting just admitted to him that he 'can't do it' and that he didn't feel he could turn it around quick enough, and get the spirit back in the dressing room, soon enough for us to turn our form around.
Ian 'has done the honourable thing maybe and fallen on his sword. He's been very noble and he's come forward and said 'I can't do it'.'
Parish admitted that had it needed to happen, he would have taken relegation with Ian, and then worked to come straight back up with him at the first attempt and he confirmed that with meetings with the board the word 'sacked' had never come up, because they had full faith in Holloway to get it right and push us forward, even if it wasn't to be this campaign.
From Parish's next words in the interview it seems he had his doubts ahead of the Fulham hammering, and whilst it wasn't the catalyst for his decision, it was maybe the final straw - especially as he mentioned himself the lack of reaction from the players at half time - as our co owner adds that he's spent days trying to convince Holloway that he was the right man, and in the right frame of mind to set us up for the challenge that will be Arsenal, but Ian wouldn't be talked round.
'If you want my honest opinion, he goes out on the training pitch too much. He has got such a positive outlook but maybe he needs to be a bit more selfish. He's immersed himself in all aspects of the club.'
Adding that he wanted Ollie to 'wake up and say sorry about the blip and stay'.
Parish also admitted that the club have plenty to learn as we came up as the typical Championship club, without having a proper scouting infrastructure in place, so Ian was working almost non stop over the break trying to identify players - and then we hit the season.
The implication there is pretty clear, Ian didn't take the break he needed, tried to do too much ultimately and as the season has progressed so far, he's just run himself into the ground by trying to do his best.
Ian for himself, added a few other telling lines as well.
'This club needs an impetus of energy. But I just feel tired to be honest. I'm worn out. Al I can do is be as honest as I can and wish everyone at the club well. I just need time to chill out. I didn't value enough the spirit of the group that helped us get to the Premier League. I've lost the spirit of that group, I owe it to the lads to admit that.'
He also quickly qualifies that he doesn't mean that the players we brought in aren't good enough, but he needed them to buy into what Palace is about just as the departed lads did, and he just hasn't been able to get them to do that yet, and a fresh face may have success more quickly.
Really does sound like a host of factors have beaten him, he certainly never seemed to me in interviews to be his normal chippy self since the ridiculous FA charge earlier in the season, and that may well have been the start of it.
He goes on to add that he feels walking away will give us the best chance of survival now, and he admits the board didn't want him to walk away, but ultimately he knows we need something more than he can give at the moment.
'The best chance they've got is if they use some of the money this big division gives them to get someone they couldn't afford when they chose me, and if that happens, sitting at home in my front room, no one is going to jump higher than me.'
Holloway at his best is a bit, erm, vibrant. He hasn't seemed that way really for a while.
Parish also admitted that Ian had agreed to 'consult' when it came to his replacement, because he really had taken this decision to try and help secure our future in this league.
Source - mostly Croydon Guardian. Some from BTSport.
Vital Crystal Palace on:
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Date:Wednesday October 23 2013
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