Experience and Passion required
Crystal Palace’s start to their Premier League season has been far from ideal thus far. Ian Holloway resigned from his position as manager last week after losing against Fulham and the club reside on three points from their opening nine games following defeat at home to Arsenal on Saturday.
October 28th, 2013
The former manager looked a broken man when he appeared in front of the press. Having achieved promotion via the playoffs, his plan was to strengthen the squad with some of the best players in the Championship. It was thought that the club’s transfer outgoings would be minimal and would also set the club up for another promotion push should this season go badly.
Unfortunately it did not turn out that way and, after being quoted considerably large sums of money for his targets, he had to look elsewhere. His plans and aims for the close-season did not come to fruition which meant the club was probably a little under-prepared before the season commenced.
It has been reported that Holloway had five days’ holiday over the summer which goes a long way to explaining his current state. So far the club have looked considerably off the pace required in the Premier League and their results would back this up.
The immediate rumours of possible candidates contained two outstanding possibilities. Both Martin O’Neill and Tony Pulis have a wealth of Premier League experience to call on and are both used to working in pressurised environments. If Palace are to survive this season, calling on either of these managers would only enhance their chances of survival.
Despite some of the negativity that surrounds Pulis’ tactics his record speaks for itself. One thing that really stands out, when you consider Palace’s current situation, is that he has never been relegated as a manager. The former Stoke manager is a close friend of Holloway’s and is actually the man he has backed for the job.
Whilst O’Neill’s tenure as Sunderland manager flattered to deceive, his experience and ability would be vital. The way in which he sets up his sides would make Palace far more compact and would also improve the morale. However, the recent episode at his former club could demonstrate that he is not quite the manager he once was and coping with the demands of another struggling club could be too great.
Whoever the club settle upon as their new manager, they must have experience at this level. The step up in quality is dramatic from the league they were playing in last season and it has shown thus far. One of the most important factors in the club’s survival will be the morale of the players and the new manager will have to focus on that initially.
WhatCrystalPalacerequire at this stage is someone to evoke some passion and improve the club’s fortunes on the pitch. There is no time for half measures or promise; it is time for the club to seize the opportunity and appoint someone who can enhance the club.