Crystal Palace must look forward, insists Steve Parish
EAGLES co-chairman Steve Parish says that Palace must turn a negative into a positive following Dougie Freedman's departure from the club.
The Palace chief said he was disappointed at Freedman's decision to quit the club, but insisted that the club must look to move on from his departure.
"It is a great job for somebody," he said.
"We have got to turn a negative into a positive and like with everything in life, it is an opportunity for someone else."
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And Parish said the club was not short of potential candidates to succeed Freedman, adding that the club had been "inundated" with enquiries and applications since Tuesday.
"The phone hasn't stopped ringing," he said.
"Palace is a very attractive proposition.
"It is easy to lose sight of that, but it is a great job at the moment.
"We have a united squad and you can see that we are playing well, it is not as if the team is in a relegation dogfight and the squad needs an overhaul."
Several names have been mentioned since Freedman's departure, including a host of former Palace players, out-of-work managers and men with experience of managing in the Championship.
But the co-chairman said the club's board must sit down to think about what type of man they want to appoint to keep the club moving forward.
He said: "We need to think about what is right and what sort of profile manager we want to bring in.
"All avenues are open to us and we have to think about whether we want a similar structure to what we have now, which seems to be working."
If Palace choose to go down a similar route, that could close the door on the possibility of appointing a director of football - a role that has been mooted for Palace legend Steve Coppell, who is currently employed in such a role at Crawley Town.
He has been installed as an early favourite among bookmakers for a fifth stint at the club as manager, but it is understood he may prefer an upstairs role.
Parish declined to comment on the speculation, but admitted that Coppell would be someone the club would look to speak to.
He said: "He is in a job at the moment, but he has such a history with the club and we will look to have a chat with him. We don't know what he might or might not want to do."
Parish added that the club would look to make an appointment sooner rather than later with the league games coming thick and fast, although he said they would not rush into things.
In the meantime, Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming have been tasked with taking charge of the team, despite speculation that Freedman may want them to join him at the Reebok Stadium.