Palace paying the price for treatment of Holloway

Palace paying the price for treatment of Holloway
Palace paying the price for treatment of Holloway
Holloway treated appalling by Palace

They say in life you should be careful what you wish for. Well, for Crystal Palace that is certainly the case.

The Premier League strugglers had wanted rid of Ian Holloway virtually ever since the day he guided them to the Premier League in the sunshine at Wembley following a 1-0 Championship  play off final win against Watford.

Fans did not like his style of football, he is said to have fallen out with chairman Steve Parish and the powers that be did not like his outspoken style. Well, they got what they wanted when Holloway left Selhurst Park – allegedly by mutual consent.

Since then the club have gone rapidly downhill and are inevitably heading for relegation. Yet it is hard to find anyone outside of SE25 who feels an ounce of sympathy for them.

Their treatment of a thoroughly decent man like Holloway was shocking after everything he did for the club. Now they have to live with the consequences.

In the space of a matter of hours two of the men they had earmarked as their new boss have snubbed them in spectacular style.

Aitor Karanka chose the north east of England and championship football with Middlesbrough ahead of the glitz and glamour of London and the Premier League.

And former Manchester United coach Reme Meulensteen also snubbed the Eagles to move to fellow strugglers Fulham as head coach alongside Martin Jol, another manager whose job is under threat.

It has left Parish and Palace scrounging around for scraps and they only have themselves to blame. Now they are talking about former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu.

He may have won the title in Romania but you have to ask why he has managed six different clubs in a decade. When you are at the foot of the table and staring down the barrel of a gun, a relative Premier League novice is not what you want. Iain Dowie is another candidate they have spoken to as doubts remain over No1 choice Chris Coleman.

You can’t help feeling it is going to get worse before it gets better. But that’s what you get when you treat people poorly. It’s called karma.


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