Crystal Palace hero Damien Delaney’s comments reminiscent of 2013 disagreement

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Former Crystal Palace centre-back and fan favourite Damien Delaney has spoken to The Athletic about a number of talking points from his days at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles signed the Irishman in perilous times under Dougie Freedman, having only recently exited administration – the south Londoners had just one fit centre-back at the time of his arrival.

Delaney went on to make 193 appearances for the south Londoners, helping the club earn promotion to the Premier League and consolidate themselves in the top-flight.

He also spoke of Frank de Boer’s botched spell in SE25, and his comments trigger the memory of another spat between a Palace manager and player from 2013…

What did he say?

Delaney told The Athletic‘s Matt Woosnam: “I was down at the other training ground with the kids, not even in the building. Me and him had differences of opinion on things. I made my opinions known and that was the end of me — which was fine.

“I didn’t play for him or train for him. I had no relationship with the guy.”

When asked if he felt his Palace career was over at that point, the 38-year-old said: “No, I was fully sure that he wouldn’t last.”

Reminiscent of Owen Garvan and Ian Holloway’s spat

Back in 2013, after the Eagles had secured the promotion previously referenced above, attacking midfielder Owen Garvan – who started the Wembley win over Watford in the playoff final – found himself left out of Palace’s 25-man Premier League squad.

The Irishman then took to his Twitter account to write: “I’ll be here longer than he will, trust me.”

His words appeared to be aimed at Holloway and eventually rang true, with the former Blackpool boss leaving just eight games into the Premier League season.

Delaney’s prediction also came true, with De Boer sacked just four league games into his tenure at the club after a turbulent spell at the helm in which he failed to see his side score a single Premier League goal.

The former Palace No.27’s presumption about the Dutchman came true, as did Garvan’s on Holloway – there must be a crystal ball somewhere at Selhurst Park.

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