Holloway plays down post-Fulham defeat talks with Crystal Palace chairman

Ian Holloway, manager of Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace, has advised onlookers not to read too much into the lengthy meeting he held with the club’s chairman immediately following the Eagles’ heavy defeat against Fulham, BBC Sport has reported.

Holloway was late for his post-match media duties because he was engaged in conversation with Steve Parish, having overseen Palace’s seventh defeat in eight games in the top flight, a 4-1 reverse against London rivals Fulham. The loss left Palace in 19th position with only three points to their name and five short of safety.

I’m not talking about my future at the football club,” Holloway said. “I’m talking about the club and that’s all I’ve ever done. We talk all the time.

I will be speaking to him on Tuesday morning when the lads are in,” he added. “It is about what is right for the football club and that is what it will always be about between me and Steve.

Palace had taken the lead against Fulham, with Adrian Mariappa scoring in the seventh minute, but by half-time Martin Jol’s visitors were in the lead through two spectacular goals. The equaliser came from Pajtim Kasami, before on the stroke of half-time Steve Sidwell but Fulham in front. After the break the points were made safe by Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos.

Holloway went on to say that the meeting between himself and Parish – who before the game offered the manager his full support – was something planned before the match, and usually happens as the players are going through their post-match routine. “We were having a meeting anyway, we always do when we have a warm-down,” he said. “We will talk about some bits and pieces and learn from it. That is the meeting and that is what we always do.

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