Appointment of Moody should aid infrastructure
There is no escaping the fact that Crystal Palace are currently fighting for their lives in the English Premier League. The South London club are bottom of the league after the first eleven games, and have only managed one win thus far.
November 19th, 2013
Since the departure of former manager Ian Holloway the club have been linked with several possible successors. However, before making a decision on whom the new manager should be, the club has moved to appoint Iain Moody as their new sporting director. It is understood his input on appointing the new manager will be his first big challenge.
Moody’s sacking fromCardiffhas never been fully explained by the club or their Malaysian owners. His relationship with manager Malky Mackay had been instrumental in the club’s recruitment policies and his dismissal has caused serious disruption to the Welsh club’s season.
It is abundantly clear that Palace’s summer transfer activity was not as structured or as effective as it needed to be and Moody’s expertise will add some much needed know-how. The methodology of scouting has become increasingly more complex in the last decade or so; with scouting networks set up all over the world it is essential that proper channels are in place to benefit the club.
In the modern game it is of paramount importance that the structure of the club enables talent to come through and flourish. The loss of Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United last season was of course a huge blow on the field but financially it was too good to turn down. Palace has long been associated with developing and producing its own players, and the system has stuttered in recent times.
What is clear from Moody’s appointment is that the club are attempting to form a solid platform moving forward. The club’s promotion last season, like many other clubs before them, possibly came a season too soon for the players and the then-management team. After scrambling around for much of the summer attempting to strengthen the squad the results so far indicate this was far from successful.
Ever since Dougie Freedman’s departure from the club a little over a year ago the club have lacked the collective momentum required to bring success. Holloway’s tenure ended in his resignation and the co-Chairman Steve Parish is evidently keen to avoid this happening again.
Along with the new manager Iain Moody will be integral toCrystalPalace’s future. The infrastructure at the club is not one suitable for the Premier League and improving that must be the objective.