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How Much Debt Are Crystal Palace In? Every Premier League Club Ranked

The sixth anniversary of CPFC2010’s deal to save Crystal Palace from extinction passed on Wednesday, and now, an independent report has looked into the club’s debt in direct comparison with the rest of the Premier League. 

This report ranks Crystal Palace’s overall debt against each and every one of their Premier League counterparts. Some of the figures are truly eye-watering. 

It is no secret that the Eagles have seen financial mismanagement play a huge role in their recent history, with two stints in administration over the last 20 years provoking a sense of genuine trepidation amongst our fan-base whenever our name is uttered in the same sentence as the word “debt”.

Since winning a place in the Premier League for the start of the 2013/14 season, Steve Parish and his fellow directors have remained admirably careful with the club’s overall budget, mainly as a consequence of a desire to remain on solid footing behind the scenes, but now, with the influx of American money offering an added sense of security, we may see our general budget increased heading into the impending summer transfer window. 

The table attached at the top of this article, which ranks each of our competitors in relation to their overall levels of debt, demonstrates the incredible amount of money many clubs are willing to risk for a shot at glory, making the sums we were recently plunged into administration over look positively pathetic by comparison. 

As is the case across each and every transfer window, supporters are desperate to see the board splash the cash on new arrivals this summer, but you can clearly see from the club’s occupying the fifth and third highest places on the league table of debt above; throwing vast sums of money after a bad idea isn’t always the best way to navigate your way through a crisis. 

It makes for a very interesting read. 

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Forget An Official Announcement, Alex McCarthy Is With Palace In SA

We are yet to hear official confirmation regarding the much-discussed signing of QPR goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, but as the picture below shows, he has traveled with the squad to South Africa.

Whilst an official announcement may well be on the way today, nothing has been said on the club’s official site to suggest that the 25-year-old is now a part of the squad, which has left many wondering why he can be seen here boarding a bus with the players as they head off for their first training session in Cape Town.

You would assume, should his arrival only be a matter of hours away; that Hennsssey’s proposed switch to West Brom is likely to be confirmed soon too, but in the very same photo, the Welsh number one is also visible, meaning that all three would have been working with the coaches yesterday evening.

Of course, it may just be a matter of time until Hennessey’s departure is announced, but as of yet, it doesn’t sound as though the club have given the green light to Tony Pulis’ Baggies over discussing personal terms with Wayne, hence his continued presence in South Africa.

It’s all a tad confusing if truth be told, but as with all of these things, you can be sure that the reality of the situation will become clear in due time.

Until then, let’s just hope that we get off to a winning start in the Cape Town Cup on Friday, regardless of who plays in goal for us.

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