New Palace boss: Why I want Michael Appleton as Eagles manager

Written by Guest Blogger

Time for the next in our series of potential new managers. Here's Tom Wellman who wants Pompey's Michael Appleton as the new Eagles gaffer.

Since his arrival into full-time management, Michael Appleton’s burgeoning reputation and charisma has marked him out as the Championship’s wanted man amidst the managerial departures at Blackburn, Ipswich and Palace. His spell in charge of a troubled Portsmouth side has been shrouded in difficulty yet he remains one of the exciting, fledgling managers in the Football League.

He’s overseen a miserable year at Fratton Park but Appleton has endeared himself to fans and media alike largely thanks to his brutal honesty and consistent integrity shown in times of severe worry. Appleton has endured administration, a familiar feeling at Palace, and is now beginning to bring wins to a team devoid of any sort of budget.

The general consensus across the footballing oasis is that Appleton’s likeability is the chief contributing element to his high profile, rather than his tactical nous. Whilst possibly agreeable, the situation Appleton has been forced to endure has resulted in an entire overhaul of the squad which suffered relegation last season. Already this season Pompey has fielded 31 players; very few of whom played at all prior to joining in the summer. He has sifted through enough players to fill a rugby squad and recently guided Pompey to 4 wins in their last 6 games. Whether Appleton’s orders of a 4-4-2 formation are suitable for the game ahead, simply winning at all with the deck of cards at his disposal is impressive enough.

Appleton’s position at Portsmouth makes comparison challenging and therefore uneasy to judge whether he is capable of handling a stable side. However, Appleton accumulated 31 points in the Championship last season – the exact amount that Dougie managed here during the same time. Mind you, we did have to deal with a draining cup run as opposed to the serious issues of bankruptcy.

Simultaneously, Appleton has been left with no option but to implement raw youngsters into the side to field a full XI. Albeit his choice or not, Appleton has readily turned to youth this season, playing Adam Webster and Ashley Harris regularly despite their ages of just 17 & 18 respectively. Previously academy coach too at West Brom, Appleton has ample knowledge of the effectiveness a strong youth system can have on a team, which is why he would make a perfect candidate for Steve Parish to monitor.

Under his guidance, players such as Kyle de Silva, Kwesi Appiah and Reise Allasani could prosper as previous generations have done at Palace. You would feel that Appleton could slot straight into the system that has become an integral part of the current Palace squad. If our own youth isn’t enough then Appleton has a wealth of contacts ready to delve into. He’s worked under Roy Hodgson and Roberto di Matteo at West Brom, gaining valuable experience from two wise heads, both of whom can recommend astute signings or loanees.

Finally, Appleton is a fighter. A serious knee injury curtailed his career, increasing his desire to succeed in management. His defiance to Pompey’s woes earned respect from many and his likeability will soften the blow of being let down by the formerly-popular Dougie. Here at Palace, fighters have been revered and their values adored. Much maligned former bosses Dowie and Warnock were both of the ilk and enjoyed modest success at Selhurst.

Appleton has been a shrewd appointment for the Portsmouth faithful, who fondly think of him as their shining light. Often seen interacting closely with the Supporter’s Trust, it is thought that Appleton’s principles would be upheld at a club like Palace where the fans are enormously involved during matchdays.

He’s recently stated that he wants to continue to rebrand Portsmouth from the bottom upwards but if the past week has taught us anything it is that talk is cheap. Money matters and a consistent wage at a Championship club currently 4th in the league could sway his mind should Parish wave a contract under his nose.


Freedman pleads with Newcastle United to be 'responsible' over Clyne offer

Written by Jim Daly

We all know Nate Clyne is leaving Palace this summer for pastures new, that isn't news, but developments on where he will end up and how much the club will get for him rumble on.

After months linking him with a move to Manchester United, Premier League surprise package Newcastle have now emerged as a possible location.

And while the Magpies have made contact with Palace over a deal, nothing is yet finalised.

And Eagles boss Dougie Freedman has called on Alan Pardew's club to be "responsible" over a deal, rather than let it go to tribunal.

“I don’t think people will do that, because they get very nervous with going to tribunals – there’s not one set figure,” said Freedman.

“Any responsible club would rather sit down face to face with our chairman and say ‘let’s thrash a deal out’ if they want the kid.

“I believe it will go that route – it’s just a matter of seeing what happens.

“Nathaniel must have ideas where he’s going to go because he’s had a very good financial contract put on the table here.

“To turn that down, he must have one or two options.”




Fans from The 72 Unite plan mass protest against EPPP on Saturday October 29 (v Reading)

Written by Jim Daly

Sick of the new Elite Player Performance Plan? Think Premier League chief Richard Scudamore (right) is taking liberties? Well you're not alone!

The 72 Unite, made up of fans from the Football League, are angered by the plans to reduce compensation for smaller clubs for their young stars, in a move that makes it easier for big clubs to snatch young talent.

In a statement they said: "In the current financial climate with the divide between rich and poor widening on a daily basis, modern football continues to be an exaggerated version of the overall global picture. The rich continue to get richer while the poor suffer.

"Lower league football is dying, starved by Premier League greed and excess. Attendances are down, and clubs will soon cease to exist, unable to balance the books to survive, let alone compete with the elite.

"The lifeblood of Football League clubs are their successful academy systems, some of which have supported and sustained clubs for many years, producing local, homegrown talent representative of the area and fanbase. Today’s ruling cuts this essential lifeblood at the arteries and will signal the death knell, the final nail in the coffin for the survival of professional football outside the Premier League.

"In response we are calling for action from every fan at every match on Saturday 29th October 2011 to unite, rise-up and fight for the very existence of their clubs. It’s now or never. We must met the Premier League and FA know we will not be trampled on.

"Every fan, every game; boycott the first five minutes to draw attention to this and show the strength of opposition to the proposals."

FYP supports any opposition to the EPPP but if you are planning on doing he protest on Saturday we urge you to get in the ground and then wait on the concourse for five minutes before going to your seat. Hell! Have a drink. We're only thinking of you and your safety people. Cos we love you so much.

For more information on The 72 Unite visit their website here - or Facebook. Also, check out their video below!

FFS MURRAY t-shirts now available to order!

Written by Joe Bloggs

***We have SOLD OUT of Large Reds, Medium Reds, XL Blues and Medium Blues. Sorry people! Every other size/colour still available***

FOR F*CK SAKE MURRAY! Thus were the words blurted out by frustrated Brighton fans as the Palace new boy slammed home the third in a glorious 3-1 win at the AmEx on Tuesday night.

And now you can own that moment forever by purchasing one of our FFS MURRAY! t-shirts for just £9.99! (plus postage and packaging)

Available in red or blue and in sizes Small, Medium, Large and X Large, the t-shirts feature Muzza in his now famous hand on head celebration with 'FFS MURRAY' atop the picture and 'Buy CMS & Get 1-3!' below!

Sizes are as follows: (chest size in inches)

Small 33-36
Large 40-42
XL 44-46

These are being carefully hand-crafted by Russian Nuns as we speak and will be sent out to fans next week.

Work with Brighton fans? Live near one? Married to one? Rub it in their face with a FFS MURRAY t-shirt!

And join in the fun on Twitter with the #FFSMurray hashtag!

And if you're not sure what all the FFS Murray nonsense is about, scroll down to this article. All is explained!

Get yours now here!

And we have I Belong To Dougie t-shirts available in every size and colour  (EXCEPT MEDIUM BLUES) !