Former Palace coach Tony Popovic reveals his thoughts on Sam Allardyce

Written by Jim Daly

Tony Popovic still looks out for Palace's results and hopes Sam Allardyce pulls the Eagles away from the drop.

The Australian served as a player and a coach in SE25 and is now back in his home land as manager of Western Sydney Wanderers in his first managerial role.

In fact, he left Palace in 2012 to become Wanderers' first ever manager as the club was formed, and then led them to the A League title in their very first seasom 

And he told FYP TV that he hopes Allardyce brings similar success to Palace.

"Anyone that's played football always follows a club they've been at and I certainly do [look out for Palace's results], and I hope to see them climb up the table as soon as possible," he said.

"I think whenever there is a change in football the expectations are very high there and Sam is certainly a big manager and a big personality and I hope he does very well."

Popovic revealed that he owes a lot to former Palace boss Dougie Freedman for taking a chance on him back in 2011.

He added: "I was an assistant at Sydney FC at the time and Dougie got the manager's job. I was delighted that he gave me a call to come and join him on this new challenge and journey that he was on. It was a fantastic experience and a great learning curve for me; 18 months of seeing every aspect of the football club. So I always look back on that time and know that I've taken a lot out of that."

See the full interview below where Poppa also gives his thoughts on Paddy McCarthy going into coaching with Palace U-18s.

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Mamadou Sakho reveals why he was so good on his Palace debut vs Boro

Written by FYP Fanzine

Was Mamadou Sakho's debut for Palace the best ever?

It was certainly up there. The monstrous centre-back was a rock against Middlesbrough and brought the sort of passion and organision that has been missing in the Eagles' backline all season.

He helped secure a rare clean sheet as Palace managed a precious 1-0 win over their relegation rivals.

And the on-loan defender has revealed why he hit the ground running so well, despite not playing a first-team game since last April.

“My last game was ten months ago but during this time I have been working hard on my fitness and, after my performance, it has all been worthwhile.” he said.

“I am really proud to be involved in this victory, and from my point of view it is always about me giving my best when I am out on the pitch for the club, the team and the supporters.

He added: “We played twelve against eleven in this game because the fans were really good for us and they gave us a lot of courage and confidence.

“It was nice to get the result for them.

“We played very well as a team, gave a strong performance and deserved the three points in a really difficult game.”

See how well Sakho played in the video below...

Sam Allardyce agreed. “It was a nice performance.” he said.

“It was his first Premier League game this season, so we spent a good bit of time on his fitness and he’s accepted that he had to put that extra work in.” he added.

More of the same please Mamadou!


 

STATS Don't Lie - Crystal Palace are Likely to Go Down

Written by Robert Sutherland

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Want further confirmation that the odds are stacked against Crystal Palace in this relegation fight? How about these stats from STATS, the owners of ProZone (used by professional clubs to gauge player performance and more) which underline just how bleak Palace's situation is. 

Palace are, according to the data, 70% likely to be relegated. The data, compiled using the STATS Football Analytics Engine, aggregates results to calculate the outcome and exact score probabilities for the remaining 12 games of the season, plotting the final league position of each of the 20 Premier League clubs.

The Eagles are predicted to finish 19th, taking the previous 36 results of the season into account in order to predict the next 12. 

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Patrick Lucey, Director of Data Science at STATS, says that the conclusion wasn't just reached by averaging results out.

“Utilizing our depth of player tracking and match data, the STATS Football Analytics Engine simulates each fixture 500 times based on factors such as playing styles, goal threat as well as a team’s reaction to conceding," he said.

"It’s the understanding of these factors that means better informed team and player decisions, maximizing performance”.

Here's hoping that Palace can somehow beat the system -- by beating some opponents along the way. 

Clinton Morrison picks his all-time team-mate XI - and there are some Palace players in it

Written by FYP Fanzine

Everone still loves Clinton Morrison.

Even though he left for Birmingham with Steve Bruce in 2002, Palace got Andy Johnson in return so that worked out for everyone.

And when Clinton returned in 2007 he continued to bang the goals in the Palace and broke the 100-goal mark so all was forgiven.

And the former Eagles striker, who scored 112 goals in 305 games for the club, appeared on Sky Sports' Fantasy Football to pick his all-time XI.

Team-mates from Birmingham City and the Ireland national team - who he travlled to the 2002 World Cup with - also featured, but there were a few familiar Palace names in there.

Click on this link to see who Clinton picks in his all-time XI of team-mates.

While on the show picking his team, he offerd up some great stories about team-mates including giving Bruce Dyer jip in the CPFC training ground as a youngster.

He also recounted being driven to training by Eagles legend Attilio Lombardo, which you can watch below...

 

How Palace could do with a goalscorer of his quality now, eh?