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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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Pardew Singles Out Three Palace Players For Praise After 4-0 Win

Alan Pardew was extremely pleased with his team’s performance during their 4-0 win over Supersport yesterday evening, with a dramatic opening 45 minutes setting the tone for a comfortable opening win in the Cape Town Cup.

Making specific reference to the performances of Jordon Mutch, Jason Puncheon and Lee Chung-Yong, Pardew admitted that the team began to tire late on, with the game providing the first opportunity for six of our players to come through their first full 90 minutes of pre-season, leading to inevitable fatigue issues.

Overall, the Eagles boss sounded pleased with our evening’s work, as we now turn our attentions to Sunday’s game against Sporting Lisbon.

It’s another building block towards Norwich and we’re getting closer. We had some good performers today, Jordon Mutch had a good game, Chungy was the man of the match and Jason Puncheon – they were probably our three standout players. We’re now looking forward to the final on Sunday.

“It was the first time our players have played 90 minutes and about six finished the game today, which meant we ran out of energy a little bit towards the end but in the first half we were very fast and very clinical in our breaks and exploited some mistakes that Supersport made. Remember we had no Zaha today or Bolasie or Murray because they’re all carrying knocks but we hope to see them in the final.”

“We’ve been made to feel very welcome in the city and I think that reflected in our play today. The standard of the opposition was probably below where they wanted to be in the first half but in the second they did well and should have scored at least one goal.

They were the better side in the second half and they can take some confidence from that. They made it much more difficult for us and it became a much more even affair.

I think the athleticism of South African players is there, as well as the physical side of the game, but the technical and tactical areas are what they need to improve on. But in the second half I felt the coach did a good job because 4-0 down at half-time is tough going, but he got his team in a good place so he needs a pat on the back for what they did against a Premier League team.

We have players with experience of different levels and that’s going to show. When you’re in big games you know how to cope with the opposition and that’s where the step for Supersport is next.”

With both Patrick Bamford and Yohan Cabaye entering the game during the second period and the notable absences of Bolasie, Zaha and Murray, it’s fair to suggest that the starting XI is somewhat different to what we can expect on the opening day of the season at Carrow Road but as we all know, pre-season football is about fitness above anything else.

It will be interesting to see how we fare against Sporting Lisbon tomorrow, given the fact that they needed penalties to edge past Ajax Cape Town shortly after we secured our place in the final. Hopefully, we’ll all be able to watch it live, technology permitting.

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