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Steve Parish: “Derry’s Return Would Be Down To Alan, Not Me” 

With Shaun Derry’s recent sacking at Notts County, plenty of Crystal Palace fans have been calling for the former midfielder to be given a coaching role within the club, leading to Steve Parish to be questioned over the feasibility of such a move. 

When speaking to the Croydon Advertiser recently, the Palace co-chairman admitted that Shaun himself would probably be aiming a little higher than a simple coaching role, before distancing himself from the decision making process to a degree. 

He said:

I don’t think Shaun sees himself coaching in the academy, I think it’s more towards being a manager.
 “It’s difficult but it would be up to Alan. He sorts out his coaching staff and he’s obviously been working with Keith Millen and Ben Garner. 
 “It’s important we keep stability and the manager has got input on who he wants.

“First team, who he wants around him, is down to him.”

With Pardew having control over who he does and doesn’t have on the coaching staff, it seems unlikely that a move for Shaun Derry will materialise, given the fact that there is no tangible connection between the two. 

During Warnock’s second spell, there were plenty of rumours suggesting that Derry was being lined up to come in, with monetary issues standing in the way, but with his old boss now gone, the club looks to be moving in an entirely different direction, leaving talk of the former club captain’s potential return looking a little far-fetched. 

From the perspective of sheer nostalgia, Derry’s return would certainly warm a few hearts, but in reality, there is little to no room for him, particularly when you consider the lofty ambitions he holds of a continued career in management rather than coaching. 

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Shaun Derry Rubbishes Rumours Of A Palace Return

After speculation linking him with a role in Neil Warnock’s back-room team at Crystal Palace, Shaun Derry has stated categorically that he will not be leaving Notts County in the near future.

When questioned about the rumours yesterday, the former Palace man was keen to stress that his mind was fully focussed on the job he has in Nottingham, which despite the obvious lure of the Premier League, is all he’s interested in for the moment.

He said:

“When Neil got the job, people looked at the relationship I have with him and the fact I took a lot of advice from him when I took the job here. There’s been no contact and people will speculate, but I’ve wished Neil well obviously.

“He’s looking forward to the challenge and I speak to Neil a lot and I’ve know the chairman Steve Parish since he took over the club four or five years ago.

“I suppose that’s where the rumours have come from and the fact Neil is looking for a team to help him.

“To be involved at Premier League level is my dream, but this is where I am working.

“My job has just started. So would I be interested? No, no I wouldn’t.

“I’m enjoying what I am doing and we are getting there slowly but surely.

“I have only just arrived.”

“I am enjoying it here and people will be looking and seeing what we are doing.

“I am talking to the club all the time about the future, but speculation is what the whole football world is about.

“I’m pleased my name is being mentioned because it shows Greg and I are doing a good job.”

With the last few days having been something of a whirlwind in SE25, the rumours linking with Derry with a return to Palace as part of Neil Warnock’s coaching staff had seemed relatively feasible at first. With his obvious affection for The club, coupled as he says, with the close ties he has to the new manager, it felt right from a supporter’s perspective, but understandably, Shaun clearly feels it’s not the right move for him.

With his managerial career just getting started, there’s nothing to say that he won’t be back in the dugout at Selhurst Park one day, but with an obvious desire to carve his own way in the game, it doesn’t appear as though he’ll accept anything less than the top job, and who could blame him?

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