During this off-season, I thought it would be good for me to go out there and talk to a fan of every Premier League club. I wanted to get their insight on how things went last season, what they are looking forward to in the transfer market and how they thought next season was going to go for them. This whole series, you will be able to find here.
For this interview , I “sat down” with Talk Crystal Palace. “My name’s Ollie and I’ve been a Palace fan my whole life. I’ve always been a very opinionated person, particularly regarding football, so decided to start a YouTube channel when I started University. It went really well and I loved doing it but decided to move more to just Twitter after I graduated. I still do the odd preview for other fan channels and remain very active in the online Palace community“
So, with that said, let’s carry on with the interview:
Hi there, thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me, welcome to Millsy’s View. So, first off, I’m looking to do a season review of the 2019/20 season, can you tell me how you felt about your team’s prospects going into this season?
TCP: If I’m honest, I was convinced we were going down after an appalling transfer window last summer. After receiving £50m for AWB, I thought we would reinvest in an ageing squad that lacked depth. In the end, we only spent £2m on Jordan Ayew (who was awful in 19/20 on loan but turned out to be our POTY) and James McCarthy who is average. We didn’t replace AWB either, I was not hopeful at all.
Millsy: We are now going into Roy Hodgson’s fourth season as manager, how do you feel with the job he’s doing for Palace?
TCP: In all, I don’t think anyone can really complain. We may play pretty boring football 95% of the time, but Roy has been given just £30m to spend in five transfer windows as Palace boss. Our squad is poor with the exception of our defenders and Wilfried Zaha, yet Roy has given us stability in the PL for the first time in our history. Some fans don’t like him now, but its undeniable he’s been a hugely influential manager.
Millsy: Do you think his tactics are the ones that Palace fans want?
TCP: Not really, no. Palace are usually known for being an exciting team on the counter-attack who can soak up a lot of pressure. We are pretty good at the back (for most of the season, at least), but we are very, very boring to watch going forward and we failed to score more than twice in any game this season, which is pretty dreadful. To be fair, our attacking options are extremely limited, and I think a more expansive approach would be too risky with this squad but equally I understand the frustrations.
Millsy: Just after the restart, you had that great 2-0 win over Bournemouth, making it 4 wins in a row, where some people even tipped your side for Europe, was that ever an aspiration that you shared?
TCP: I think I would have believed it more had we not had such a tough run in. After Bournemouth, we basically had to play the top seven and it was always going to be a big ask. To stand any chance, we had to have won some more games earlier in the year where we threw away points against teams that were worse than we are.
Millsy: Following that, it was 7 straight losses and a draw with Spurs on the Premier League’s final day, what do you think was to blame for this? Was it over-confidence, poor tactics, or were you just unlucky?
TCP: It certainly wasn’t over-confidence; I think we knew that our season was basically over after the first couple of defeats and we just had no motivation at all. We played some excellent teams in that run-in, most of whom were fighting for Europe, and we just never wanted it as much as they did. Equally, the tactics were very stale and in that run of 7 defeats we barely changed anything, which was bizarre.
So, that concludes the first part of this interview, thank you very much for reading, we hope you enjoyed it and are ready for part 2. In that part, we go into Ollie’s feelings about whether Roy Hodgson should still lead Crystal Palace, Palace’s player of the season, the transfer market and whether Wilfried Zaha might or even should leave. If you did enjoy reading it, you can find all other fan interviews conducted this post-season here, to check out what Talk Crystal Palace is up to, you can visit his Twitter page here.
To see the rest of my interviews with Premier League fans, you can visit the page here.