Parish wants new Palace boss to have Premier League experience

Eagles co-chairman Steve Parish has already had plenty of interest in the Palace vacancy

Eagles co-chairman Steve Parish has already had plenty of interest in the Palace vacancy

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Steve Parish has told BBC’s Match of the Day Crystal Palace’s new manager will ideally have Premier League experience.

The Eagles co-chairman was speaking after agreeing to allow Tony Pulis to quit Selhurst Park on Thursday, just two days before this weekend’s opening day 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Parish was even fielding interest from potential candidates during the game at the Emirates but he explained to Gary Lineker on tonight’s Match of the Day proven top flight pedigree would be the key factor.

“We are looking for experience again,” he said.

“I think there are lots and lots of candidates we’ve been sent.

“Last time I felt I had a bit more time. I think now with the window closing it’s really important we get somebody in as soon as possible.

“I think you saw me quite busy at times during the match (on the phone) trying to set things up.

“We saw last year experience of this league is so very important and I think we will certainly not be straying too far from somebody who has got intimate knowledge of the league, either as a player or as a manager.

“I think that will be our first port of call so that probably narrows down the list a little bit for you.”  

Parish had earlier been asked by the former England striker to explain why his relationship with Pulis had broken down.

“I can’t really,” the owner replied.

“I’d love to be able to tell you everything that went wrong.

“There was a good transfer budget agreed.

“There was a lack of targets that I think the manager felt were good enough in the window and it came to a point where he felt that he didn’t want to carry on, so I can’t have people at the football club that aren’t 100 percent committed to what we are trying to do.

“So reluctantly I agreed to let him go and let him out of his contract.”

Lineker then suggested maybe Pulis felt there was a better job out there for him than Crystal Palace on the back of what he achieved last season by keeping the Eagles up.

“You’d have to ask him,” said Parish.

“Again I certainly think he intends to work so you’d have to make that assumption, wouldn’t you?

“You would have to assume that if he doesn’t want to be at this club he feels there is a club that maybe can give him the things that he wants that will make him happy in the role.

“I can’t be let down can I for what he achieved for us.

“But he doesn’t owe us anything and I don’t think we owe Tony anything.

“I think he did a fantastic job for us but we are what we are.

“I built this club from administration to where we are now by taking the decisions on things I think are right and creating the environment which I think is a positive environment.

“If people don’t think they can work in that environment then absolutely it is right for them to move on.

“What happens now and where that manager ends up we will all see won’t we.

“Maybe that will give us a better picture at some point.”

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