Crystal Palace chief Parish planning for Premier League relegation

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish had admitted he is planning for the Championship should “the worst happen” and the Eagles be relegated from the Premier League the London Evening Standard has reported.

Parish, who witnessed his Palace side lose 4-1 to Fulham at Selhurst Park on Monday evening, has revealed he is planning for the Championship next season and admitted one year in the top flight would be “a glorified cup run” for the club.

Having brought in more than 11 players during the summer, the Palace supremo believes the squad is strong enough for the Championship: “We’ve tried to get a squad that can keep us in this division, but also be a very strong squad in the Championship should the worst happen,” he said.

I don’t want to be part of something that’s a rollercoaster, a glorified cup run,” Parish continued. “In the Premier League era, we’ve never managed to stay in this division for more than a year at a time and we want to be part of establishing the club in the Premier League for the long term. We hope we can build it and take it into a long-term legacy.

Ian Holloway’s side made an impressive start to the match with Fulham on Monday and took the lead early on through Adrian Mariappa’s header, but two first-half wonder strikes from Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell gave the visitors the lead at the break.

Fulham were soon out of sight following two goals within five minutes of each other in the second-half, leaving Palace in 19th place, five points adrift of Cardiff.

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