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Palace chairman Parish confirms hope for American sale by Christmas

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish (C) during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St James’ Park on August 30, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

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Fresh off a trip to the United States that included a visit to BlazerCon, Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish confirmed that a pair of American businessmen are in advanced talks to buy a sizable chunk of the Eagles.

Parish’s match day notes for Monday’s visit from Sunderland include the news. He says the move is necessary to get the club to the next level, with stadium improvements vital to that.

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The chairman is quick to point out that Palace is in good shape either way, and that the club will continue running the same way.


I know some people may have reservations about this but I firmly believe this is what is needed to move us to the next level, and as always we only have the club’s best intentions at heart.

If it all goes ahead then it’ll be great for Crystal Palace Football Club, but we all know that these deals are complicated things so if it doesn’t go through then we’ll still be in a good position. I’ve said that we hope to get things done before Christmas if possible but we’ll see – I’ll keep you informed.

The hesitance to show real excitement does provide a fine example of how English fans feel about big money Americans joining the fray, doesn’t it? Is that justified?

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