Football fans tend to have long memories.
They will sometimes hold a grudge against a player who celebrated in front of them for the remainder of that man’s career.
They will remember a referee who had a terrible performance which did not benefit their side.
However, in some Crystal Palace fans’ cases, they may instead have short memories after reacting so badly to the club’s lack of signings this summer.
Just nine years ago, the Eagles were on the brink of falling into obscurity with liquidation looming, before Steve Parish and the rest of a consortium named ‘CPFC 2010’ saved them.
Speaking on the HLTCO podcast, Parish said: “In the summer when we were looking for those positions we felt the prices were very inflated, there was a lot of risk in some of the options that were out there.
“It is very easy to waste money, spending money per se doesn’t do anything but make everybody happy for a few weeks because you’ve got an expensive signing.”
Whilst you can easily point the finger at him and say that the squad should be in far better condition than it is – Roy Hodgson was forced to play a centre-back and a centre-midfielder in the full-back positions recently – you can’t blame Parish for being careful and wanting to wait for the right opportunity.
So many clubs splash the cash on seemingly exciting players who simply don’t cut the mustard.
Let’s look at Southampton, for example. The Saints spent a combined sum of £68.1m on the likes of Wesley Hoedt, Mario Lemina, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Guido Carrillo, all of whom would presumably have excited the fanbase when signing.
However, Elyounoussi has since been loaned to Celtic whilst Carrillo has joined Leganes on loan, with Hoedt and Lemina also going on September 2 – it seems like a far-fetched thought that the Saints will even get a fraction of their £68.1m back.
Right now, with clubs like Bury going under and Bolton only just surviving by the skin of their teeth, Parish is completely within his rights to be careful and wait for the right moment – even if it does infuriate some supporters.