We know that Simon Jordan doesn’t advertise the manager’s job in the small ads, but if he did I suspect it would say something like “Opinionated chairman seeks like-minded manager to get us out of this miserable division”.
If he wants opinionated, then new appointment Neil Warnock is his man. If he wants someone to get us promoted, then Warnock’s track record show he could very well be that man. However at the moment the threat facing us is of leaving this division by the wrong door.
Warnock appointed new Palace boss [BBC Sport]
After a disappointing start to the season Simon Jordan finally put us, and Peter Taylor, out of our misery, relieving our legendary player from his role as manager.
The great shame is just how much goodwill there was towards Peter Taylor. Frankly there’s been precious little animosity towards him despite results on the pitch, just worries about what this does for his legacy at Selhurst Park. No-one wanted him to fail, just the opposite in fact. Not that any fan in their right mind wants a Palace manager to fail, but because of his achievements in a Palace shirt I think we all wanted Taylor to bring similar excitement to the club in his time as manager. It just didn’t work that out that way.
So once again we’re on the hunt for a new manager. Who will we get this time? With the international break coming up we’ve got two weeks to put a new manager in place, if we should wish to do it that quickly. As usual, life in SE25 isn’t dull, although that doesn’t always mean it is pleasant.
Crystal Palace boss Taylor sacked [BBC Sport]
Just when it looked as if we might claim a second win of the season, up popped Leon Best three minutes from time to grab a draw for Coventry. We had earlier taken the lead through Stuart Green.
You just know how much Simon Jordan would have wanted to win this game, and to come so close to winning it but only ending up with a draw won’t have helped his mood. Personally I wouldn’t like to be Peter Taylor right now, because while a win would have eased the pressure on him this will have only turned up the heat on the Selhurst hotseat.
As for Dowie, well, lest said the better. On this occasion a battle between Dowie and Palace ended in stalemate.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Coventry City [BBC Sport]
Those are the words of Peter Taylor in regard to our play-off chances following today’s 1-0 defeat at home against Birmingham City.
Rather like last year’s repeatedly unrealistic touting of automatic promotion this equally unrealistic talk of play-offs is becoming increasingly annoying. We’re in 12th place, we’re fourteen points behind sixth-placed Preston and we’ve played a game more than they have. So can we stop the play-off talk now please?
Elsewhere our chairman has been renewing his friendship with the men in charge at Birmingham City. It could be quite funny, if they weren’t further ahead of us than Preston are. Meanwhile some fans are discussing whether what we’re seeing now is worse than what Trevor Francis served up. Nice.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Birmingham [BBC Sport]