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Crystal Palace: Red & Blue Army

Started on 13 May 2015 by Glory
Latest Reply on 21 May 2015 by joshleedsfan
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Ian Wright named as new Palace manager

The 51 year old, who made 225 Palace appearances and scored 90 goals, has signed as the new Crystal Palace manager. This move comes as a surprise to many after the likes of Steve Clarke and Neil Warnock were favoured to become manager.

Wright comes with little managing experience, being a part-time first coach at League One side MK Dons. Recently arriving from being a pundit at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil with ITV, Wright has to face the challenge at Palace.

This move came after the recent exit of ex-manager Tony Pulis, who famously kept Palace up and won the Premier League manager of the year award. It was thought that Pulis had an argument with Palace Chairman Steve Parish, and decided to leave by 'mutual consent'.

The task that Ian Wright faces at Palace could be difficult, but as long as he can play his cards right who knows what can happen at 'The Famous Red & Blue Army'.
Good luck!
pompeyblue: Thanks for the words and the help earlier on!

Wright wraps up summer deals

Max Gradel, one of the three final signings of the window.

New Crystal Palace manager Ian Wright is quick into the market to announce his first signings as Palace boss and the final signings he'll be making during this summer window. The first of which being the Ivorian winger, Max Gradel from Saint Etienne, for what is believed to be a deal worth up to £4.5 million pounds. Gradel was part of the impressive Ivory Coast side that won the African Cup of Nations in the recent months, playing a key role in the team and in the process picking up two goals. He is set to add more width in the attacking options and provide more competition for the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha.

The second signing is Matthew Lowton from Aston Villa for a similar fee of £4.2 million pounds. Lowton had been part of the Aston Villa set up for the past two years but has recently fallen out of favour, with Villa preferring to play Alan Hutton at the right back spot. The 25 year old left in order to revive his career and at Palace is looking to provide more depth in the full back spots and gain more playing time.

The third and what is set to be the final signing for Palace in this summer window is a loan deal for the young Lyon star Nabil Fekir for a full season. The star was reported to make a switch to either Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester City, but his father had insisted that he didn't want his son to move to a club where he'd spend all of his time on the bench. Instead of making a high profile move the Frenchman is set to fulfil his potential in the Premier League with Crystal Palace and prove his worth to Lyon.
What a signing with Fekir! You have great options out wide in Lee, Zaha, Puncheon, Gradel and Bolasie! You have a solid base, Palace has an decent all round. Best of luck!
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6 yearsEdited

August Report

Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace
Dwight Gayle, Joe Ledley, Nabil Fekir
Jermaine Defoe

Crystal Palace 2-4 Southampton
Nabil Fekir, Fraizer Campbell
Nabil Fekir

Crystal Palace 1-1 Manchester City
Nabil Fekir
Nabil Fekir

Stoke 1-0 Crystal Palace
Ryan Shawcross

League Table

Capital One Cup Second Round

Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace
Yaya Sanogo, Dwight Gayle
Yaya Sanogo

Manager's Thoughts

The first month of the football calendar has been alright. We got off to a good start against Sunderland, showing good character to come back and win the match. I thought we could've done better against both Southampton and Stoke, but both of them are two good teams and we definitely showed promise against both of them. It was great to see us getting a point out of the champions Manchester City, we could've gone on to even win the match.

The standout player of this season his been our loanee Nabil Fekir. He's had a terrific start to life at Palace, picking up three goals in four games. He also picked up the Premier Leagues August Player of the Month which was very impressive. He can help us a lot during his spell here.
A nice win to open the season mate but the next 3 games were a lot tougher so congrats on the point picked up against City.
Pauker and walkinshaw cheers for the early comments on the story, hope you two stick around!
Nice to see Fekir hitting the ground immediately! Got to pick up points!
Pauker: Fekir's a great player, and he's really well-rounded!

September Report

Crystal Palace 3-0 Manchester United
Nabil Fekir, Luke Shaw (og), Dwight Gayle
Nabil Fekir

Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace
Emmanuel Adebayor

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester
Yannick Bolasie

League Table

Capital One Cup Third Round

Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
Jason Puncheon
Jason Puncheon

Manager's Thoughts

Things have started to improve and we started the month off with the best way possible, thumping Manchester United! We blew them away and they had no chance against us at Selhurst Park! I thought we could've carried our momentum towards the games against Tottenham and Leicester, but it didn't work out that way. We need to make sure we pick up points against clubs like Leicester to put us in a higher position in the league.

This month's standout player for me has been Joe Ledley, he's been doing a tremendous job in the midfield, doing his best to support the team alongside with Jedinak.
Awesome win over Utd mate just a shame you couldn't win the London derby.
When Utd lose it's always pleasing, so thanks mate :P. Fekir is f*cking everyone right in the pussah
walkinshaw: It would've been awesome if we could beat Tottenham as well but unfortunately it didn't work out!

Pauker: I'm a United fan myself so its kind of depressing to see them getting beaten but still we deserved it and yeah Fekir's is an amazing player!

October Report

Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace
Glenn Murray, Ben Mee (og)
Glenn Murray

Crystal Palace 2-1 Hull
Glenn Murray, Mile Jedinak
Mile Jedinak

Crystal Palace 1-1 Aston Villa
Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray

League Table

Capital One Cup Fourth Round

Norwich 1-1 Crystal Palace (2-3 pens)
Yaya Sanogo
Yaya Sanogo

Manager's Thoughts

This month has been very good for us! We have enjoyed an unbeaten month, picking up seven points in the league and continuing our journey in the Capital One Cup. We were even leading against Aston Villa, and could've picked up nine points from three games but we were held back due to a injury time goal from Jack Grealish. The team has started to find form and it's evident that our player of the month has been Glenn Murray. The striker has been great for us this month! We all know he's a clinical striker but he was struggling to find form, but he's finally regained the confidence and form! If Gayle, Fekir and Murray can continue their form, we can be in for a great season!

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