American investment imminent at Crystal Palace

Date published: Thursday 12th November 2015 4:50

Steve Parish: Co-chairman excited by potential investment at Palace

Co-chairman Steve Parish says the expected American investment will help take Crystal Palace to the next level.

Palace are now an established Premier League club thanks to the stewardship of first Tony Pulis and then current manager Alan Pardew, and are set to be boosted by the investment of American duo David Blitzer and Josh Harris, which is expected to be completed by Christmas.

“I would remain as the largest single shareholder along with David and Josh. The decision-making and day-to-day control will stay the same, but obviously there will be some fresh ideas and fresh input which is great,” Parish told Sky Sports News HQ.

“But I think the guys recognise that having a UK party and retaining the soul of the football club is very important and really important to me is that my three other partners will remain involved as well.

“We’ll have a much broader investment base, everybody’s signing up to a commitment to improve the stadium financially, so we’ll all put money back in, including me.

“We simply can’t stand still and enjoy a nice couple of seasons in the Premier League – that’s simply not acceptable to me. The club’s too big and has too much potential.”

Blitzer and Harris are already part of the set up at NBA outfit Philadelphia 76ers and hockey side New Jersey Devils, and Parish insists they have the Eagles’ values at heart.

“They’ve fallen in love with the club. They were looking at other clubs but they’ve got a real affinity with the club, they understand it, they understand us, the ethos and the culture,” he added.

“We have dot to the is and cross the ts and there is always the possibility of surprises but I would be hopeful of getting it done this side of Christmas.

“No single individual will have the biggest shareholding, there will be a set of governance rules which means that Josh, David and I have to agree on the major issues and the budgets.

“I’ll be here running it day-to-day and I know that they just want success for the club.”

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