Punters in the Transfer Tavern were surprised to hear that Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has claimed that his side can win the Premier League within the next 10 years, according to the Sun.
The London side were only promoted back to the top flight in 2013. Since then, however, they have managed 11th and 10th placed finishes, and they look set to finish even higher this season.
Palace, who have largely impressed under boss Alan Pardew, are currently eighth heading into the festive period- which has seen Palace fans in the bar spend plenty of time celebrating, with the profits making our landlord extremely pleased.
Now co-owner Parish, one member of a four-man consortium of local fans who bought the club five years ago, is highly ambitious. He told The Sun on Sunday:
“I’m not saying this investment will see us lift the title next season. But in 10 to 15 years we can win the Premier League. I remember watching us play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 1995 in the Premier League and the gate was 14,130.”
“Ten years later they won the title and have gone on to win the Premier League four times, become European champions and grown into one of the world’s biggest clubs. They’re even now planning to increase their stadium capacity to 60,000.”
Parish also drew comparison with another of the top English teams, Manchester City, and their somewhat humble origins until the huge financial investment that they received back in 2008.
“Look at Manchester City too. They were in English football’s third tier in 1999. Yet 13 years later they were Premier League champions playing in a new stadium. We can’t match the money these clubs are paying now but must get into a position where we also can go for the title. What’s the point of being in the game if you’re not trying to win things?
“It might not be with this ownership group. We may just progress it enough for someone else to take it further.”
Crystal Palace fans, can you be title contenders in the next decade? Let us know in the comments below!