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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. 

Crystal Palace Are Ready To Listen To Offers For Midfield Man

Palace midfielder Barry Bannan is a much-loved member of the current squad, but it looks as if he is ready to leave Selhurst Park for good this summer in search of regular game time.

The 25-year-old joined from Aston Villa in the summer of 2013, and has since struggled to hold down a regular starting place in the side, with his diminutive stature often working against him, given the physical style our midfield has often adopted during our two year spell in the top flight.

Still seen as a key member of Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad, Bannan is understandably desperate to ensure that he doesn’t lose his place, with the Tartan Army still in with a chance of qualifying for Euro 2016 next summer. With that in mind, a number of Championship clubs thought to be ready to offer him a starting spot in their side, including Bolton Wanderers, with whom he spent time on loan last season.

It will be a shame to lose Bannan this summer if he does indeed move on, but with the Palace midfield possessing more strength in depth than at any stage before in the club’s 110 year history, there is almost no chance of him ever establishing himself as a big part of Alan Pardew’s plans.

The Scot is traveling with the squad to Berlin ahead of our pre-season game tomorrow afternoon, but we could hear news of an official bid for his services in the coming days. We’ll keep you updated.

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