Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says he is already planning for life in the Championship.

The Eagles are in 17th place but out of the Premier League's relegation zone only on goal difference.

Palace, who have lost three of the past five matches, host Manchester United on Monday, and then travel to Chelsea before a key clash against fellow relegation battlers Huddersfield.

Parish maintains his role as chairman means he must have a contingency plan in place should the worst happen come May.

"We are in a difficult situation, make no mistake. People ask what I'm planning for, I'm planning for the Championship," Parish said at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in London on Wednesday.

"At the moment it's down to the players, but if it does happen I can't start thinking about it then."