Scott Dann knows from previous experience that fresh boardroom investment does not always bring success – but he is confident Crystal Palace’s new American stakeholders can take the club forward.
Last week Palace announced Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who already own the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, had joined chairman Steve Parish in control at Palace, where funds will be provided for a stadium redevelopment at Selhurst Park.
“It can only be good for the club as a whole – whether it’s just to make the stadium bigger and better, maybe improve the team and give the manager some money to spend,” said Eagles centre-back Dann.
“I don’t know the ins and outs or what the deal is. I’m sure it’s another step in the right direction and I’m sure the way the chairman goes about his business, he’s got the right people in.”
Dann experienced the aftermath of foreign takeovers at previous clubs Birmingham and Blackburn – both of whom soon lost their top-flight status under a cloud of financial uncertainty.
However, he believes Parish has brought the right people on board with the Eagles and they can avoid the mistakes his old employers encountered.
“Since the chairman took over, he’s gone from strength to strength – he’s made a lot of good decisions, I think he would have thought it through carefully,” the Liverpudlian added.
“You look at other teams who’ve had takeovers and it hasn’t worked out. I’ve been at teams in the past – Birmingham and Blackburn – when you think it’s all going to go well and it doesn’t.
“This is different, the chairman knows what he’s doing and this can only be good for the club.
“I’m very confident that the way the chairman goes about his business means he only wants the best for this club. If he didn’t think it was the right people, he wouldn’t have done it.”
Dann helped Palace to a 2-1 victory over Stoke on Saturday as the Eagles moved level with fourth-placed Tottenham and Manchester United on 29 points.
With Leicester top of the tree at Christmas and Palace, Watford and West Ham among those in the mix for European qualification, it is turning out to be one of the most open Barclays Premier Leagues in years.
“The top teams are probably more concerned than they have been for a long, long time…good,” Palace boss Alan Pardew noted.
“We were all beginning to worry three or four years ago that it looked like (the gap) was going to get bigger. Ironically, it hasn’t.
“For all the money that’s being spent, we’re getting the quality of 11 players on the pitch that are not too far away from some of the top teams.”