Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has come to the defence of David Sullivan and David Gold.
“I do not wish what happened at West Ham on anyone. I do not look at that and think ‘that is great for us at Palace’,” said Parish, speaking to local media this week. “I know David Sullivan and David Gold. None of us are going to get this right, everything we do at a football club. It is impossible. Everybody has got a degree in hindsight. Everyone knows the team you should have picked at 4.45pm on Saturday. It is easy to criticise.
“I know those guys have got their heart and soul in that club. I talk to David Sullivan and David Gold a lot and these are real, nice people who do everything they can for that club.
“Things do not go wrong on purpose. I understand people get angry, but I think we have got to keep some perspective.
“Three teams have got to get relegated, and everyone is trying as hard as they can to stay in the league.
“These aren’t stupid people who don’t know what they’re doing.”
“Everyone who runs football clubs are pretty much smart, they know what they are doing,” said Parish.
“There are no points between any of us really, but yet there is consternation at every club about this decision is wrong and that decision is wrong. Of course it is fine to debate that and it is fine to criticise and have a point of view. But nobody can say that (what happened at West Ham) is fine, to two guys who are just doing their best.
“And they’re not even in the relegation zone. They have had some great results this season. I know it is difficult for supporters to stay calm in that moment. We have all had it after a game when we are getting beat. It is not a nice experience.
“And I think you can make your feelings known without stepping over the line. I was disappointed to see that. I know that club is a great club and have got great supporters. And I know they will all rally round as well.
“When push comes to shove they will all be there for the team. They will. They made their feelings known and hopefully they have put that behind them.”