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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. 

A Remarkably Detailed Analysis Of Pardew As Both A Man & A Manager

The last few months have been a testing time for everyone associated with Crystal Palace FC, but with an FA Cup Final on the horizon, people everywhere are wondering if we have what it takes to upset the odds and beat Louis Van Gaal’s Reds. 

This remarkably well written piece analyses Alan Pardew as a man and a manager in startling detail. It’s worth a read. 

Key to any success we may have will be the approach of manager Alan Pardew, who has seen his usual bullish and self-assured approach to management halted in its tracks as a consequence of our recent woes. In what is a remarkably well written analysis of the club’s current predicament, the above piece picks apart the Pardew approach, levelling both praise and criticism where necessary as a method of assessing our chances of toppling United on the day. 

Much has been written in the press about the current Palace gaffer; a great deal of which has dealt with the strained relationship he endured with Newcastle fans on Tyneside, not to mention the run-ins he’s had with the FA are breaches of protocol on the touchline, but the piece attached above does a fantastic job of clearing the fog that can often engulf any opinion of the Eagles supremo.

Whilst the arrogance and bravado that flows from Pardew when he’s on top form is often used as a stick with which to beat him, there is a suggestion that those exact characteristics are the pivotal factor in him dragging results from his players when their backs are against the wall. The consequence of this is an inevitable split of opinion which sees him take on the role of managerial Marmite in the minds of football fans across the country, but when he’s at his best, it’s clear that he would care very little about the gripes of his detractors.

Not commissioned by any of the big media organisations, the above article is, as far as I’m aware, a completely independent piece of writing, which only serves to make the depth into which it delves more impressive. As an analysis of Pardew as a man and a manager, it serves as an extremely solid accompaniment to anyone weighing up our chances of success at Wembley in May. 

Give it a read, it won’t disappoint. 

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