There’s only one place to start when looking back at the previous week at Selhurst. A 4-1 defeat to Fulham was the last time Ian Holloway took charge of the Eagles as he left by mutual consent last week.
It is not often that a manager and owner part company with a joint press conference but that is how Holloway and CPFC2010 parted company. For some fans it’s the right move, others disagree. Whatever way you look at it though, it gives the new manager a good amount of time to work with the players.
According to the South London Press, if the new man cannot be installed by the beginning of next week then it is likely to be during the international break. Making sure the owners take the time to make the right decision is important, and they do not want to leave it until later next week as this could disrupt preparations for the Everton game.
A number of names have been thrown about from former players to current out of work bosses, and the speculation will only continue until an official announcement is made because Palace are in one of the most widely exposed leagues for media coverage in the world, and they are bottom of it. Once the decision is made the real task of trying to keep Palace up will truly begin, but in the meantime Keith Millen will look to improve on his side’s display in their defeat to Arsenal.
For periods of that game Palace were on top, and to lose 2-0 to a team in rich form with some of the players Arsenal have is no mean feat, but it is beginning to get to the stage where Palace need to start picking up points. Chances will need to be taken and there is no reason why the team cannot give another good account of themselves on Saturday at West Brom and perhaps turn the tide.
One player who will look to make a difference is defender Damien Delaney, who it was confirmed by the club this week has been handed a new deal running to June 2015. For a player that was considering a move to the MLS last season this will be a boost and acknowledgement of the part he played in promotion and what he brings to the team. There were also reports from local and national media this week that Mile Jedinak was on the verge of signing a new deal with the club, although this has yet to be officially confirmed.
Off the pitch, Palace launched a third kit that went on sale. The yellow kit with blue trim looks similar to the one that the club wore a couple of seasons ago, including during the defeat of Manchester United, and is available from the club shop and online store.
Finally, you can vote for the PFA Fan's Player of the Month for October here: http://www.football.co.uk/pfa-fans-player-of-the-month/index.shtml. Voting closes on October 31st.
Daniel Smith - @dmsmith1987