Palace blog: Give Freedman a break

In the first of a new weekly blog by Palace supporters' group FYP Fanzine, Stephen Bridle looks at the pressure directed in toward Eagles manager Dougie Freedman.

Gone, it seems, are the days when Freedman will be given the benefit of the doubt win or lose, rain or shine, as an increasing number of fans are becoming seemingly frustrated with the defensive – often labelled ‘negative’ – football that has seen the club stabilise its position in the Championship.

A string of less than inspiring performances and results have seen the Palace gaffer come under much scrutiny over recent weeks and as paying supporters part of our remit is to voice our opinion in both good times and bad.

What I take umbrage with are the fans prematurely calling for Dougie’s head, as if he’s lost it himself and has suddenly forgotten the task laid out before him.

A slow, steady, financially secure progression of the club is what was promised to us by Steve Parish et al – a long-term goal that we’re still very much on track to achieve.

Freedman, it was revealed recently, is a proponent of ‘Italian style’ football; building a solid defensive base on top of which is mounted a fluid, dynamic attack. The first half of which the Eagles have become masters of if you look back through this season, the recent Forest game being an exception to the rule.

It was also revealed recently in a post-match press conference that Freedman believes this isn’t the right time for a promotion push from the Eagles as the gaffer looks to strengthen his squad in key areas ahead of next season.

One thing we can be sure of though, is that he’s proven himself proficient in manageing a team that is able to grind out results and one that can find the strength to pull points out of the hat in unlikely situations even if we aren’t performing to fans’ expectations in every game – and that’s a skill that will be handy when it is our time to go up.

So give Dougie a break, he’s done more for our club over his ten or so years than almost anyone else - a little more patience could see us exactly where we want to be in not more than a couple of seasons.

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9:16am Fri 6 Apr 12

pipsol says...

I agree that calling for Dougies head is more than ridiculous after we were favourites to be relegated this season. I see our current board as astute enough to decide what is best at this time. Everyone should remember that CPFC2010, who saved Palace and are strengthening the foundations of our club have to watch the dross (when it is) too. They know when performances are less than expected and will know if it is time for Dougie to move on. Meantime we have beaten Man U, Millwall and Brighton all in the same season AWAY! I wonder how long we will have to wait for that to happen again? My main criticism is in the current 'safe' style and formation Dougie is playing, especially at home. My second criticism is that he is not trying our academy and our other players enough. Pedroza, Wynter, Caprice, De Silva, Appiah and others must be itching to prove themselves and when we play Moxey out of position with real centre backs in the reserves, that baffles me and probably the players too. Warnock gave most of our crop of youngsters a crack in the first team and Dougie has reaped the benefit of that. West Ham are hum drum now and Allardyce playing too 'safe' has left them dropping down the league and 34,000 loyal but bored spectators will agree.
Come on Dougie! If we are going to miss out on any promotion excitement at least try all our players and give us some entertainment. We are the clubs' customers after all!
I agree that calling for Dougies head is more than ridiculous after we were favourites to be relegated this season. I see our current board as astute enough to decide what is best at this time. Everyone should remember that CPFC2010, who saved Palace and are strengthening the foundations of our club have to watch the dross (when it is) too. They know when performances are less than expected and will know if it is time for Dougie to move on. Meantime we have beaten Man U, Millwall and Brighton all in the same season AWAY! I wonder how long we will have to wait for that to happen again? My main criticism is in the current 'safe' style and formation Dougie is playing, especially at home. My second criticism is that he is not trying our academy and our other players enough. Pedroza, Wynter, Caprice, De Silva, Appiah and others must be itching to prove themselves and when we play Moxey out of position with real centre backs in the reserves, that baffles me and probably the players too. Warnock gave most of our crop of youngsters a crack in the first team and Dougie has reaped the benefit of that. West Ham are hum drum now and Allardyce playing too 'safe' has left them dropping down the league and 34,000 loyal but bored spectators will agree. Come on Dougie! If we are going to miss out on any promotion excitement at least try all our players and give us some entertainment. We are the clubs' customers after all! pipsol
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8:38pm Sat 7 Apr 12

Ossie71 says...

given the money Palace have had to spend, the only missing link is a decent 20 goal striker for most of the season most games they have dominated, a clinical finisher would get them another 10pts. If palace even consider getting rid of Freeman on the finances he has had they must be insane. Look at the disaster that is wolves
given the money Palace have had to spend, the only missing link is a decent 20 goal striker for most of the season most games they have dominated, a clinical finisher would get them another 10pts. If palace even consider getting rid of Freeman on the finances he has had they must be insane. Look at the disaster that is wolves Ossie71
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