Crystal Palace fans situated around the pool table in The Transfer Tavern are discussing comments made by their chairman.
The Telegraph interviewed Steve Parish who is currently holding talks with investors in America over a stake in the club, a club he says has the biggest potential in England.
Palace have had a fine start to the season on the field and with investment imminent it looks as though the future will be a lot brighter of it.
Parish confirmed he is hoping to announce a new ownership structure at the club within two weeks, and that said investment will enable the club to push on and compete. Parish said:
“There are just a couple of things to sort out but I didn’t want there to be uncertainty this time so we thought we’d let everyone know we were talking and we were close to a deal. And also drive the agenda a little bit because it’s not a buy-out. It’s an investment. We are all staying in. I will still be day-to-day running the club and have the rights over everything.”
“We’ve had 18 months to get to know each other, since we first started talking, so that’s been great and obviously we are on the same page now. They know a lot more about the culture of the club and the things that matter to the fans and to me.”
“I think they looked at another club [believed to be Aston Villa]. I think they felt the best opportunity to make a difference was at Crystal Palace – there is a lot of potential growth there. Whether we can do it remains to be seen. But the potential is there.”
“We are the only Premier League club south of the river (Thames). There are 2.4 million people in south London and no other Premier League club until you get to Southampton. So it has to be the biggest catchment area potential of any single football club in the country.”
The Crystal Palace fans in The Transfer Tavern are delighted with the investment news, and look forward to a push for a European place in the years to come and agree that their side is certainly an exciting prospect.
Palace fans, can your club push and become one of the finest clubs in the capital? What’s an realistic aim for the next few seasons? Let us know in the comments below!