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Parish holds hands up

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Crystal Palace's co-owner Steve Parish has admitted the board made mistakes last summer shortly after rescuing the club.

Parish's CPFC2010 consortium prevented the Eagles going into liquidation at the end of last season but the appointment of George Burley and his backroom staff proved to be a false new dawn before current manager Dougie Freedman ensured relegation was avoided.

"It's amazing. It's exactly what we set out to achieve at the start of the season. There's been a few trials and tribulations along the way but we managed to get there," Parish said.

"I think it's all down to Dougie, Lennie (Lawrence), the players and Tony (Popovic), who did an amazing job in the second half of the season.

"I'm really pleased (with Dougie) and pleased with the people he's brought in to help him. Lennie's a great addition, he's got all that experience.

"Tony too obviously, they all know each other and trust each other - I think that's important."

He added: "That was one of the mistakes we made early doors. Not just with the appointment of the previous manager but with the fact we kind of created the backroom team for him. I didn't think that really worked.

"The chemistry was never really as good as it could be. That's really encouraging now, everybody at the training ground is pulling in the same direction."

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