The recent appointment of Oliver Glasner as Crystal Palace manager has ignited a wave of anticipation among the Eagles faithful.

With the club's ownership often divided on its direction, Glasner's arrival signals a shift towards a more cohesive strategy, underpinned by his unwavering commitment to success and development.

Prior to the Austrian’s appointment, it had been reported that certain members of the board were unhappy about the decision to allow Roy Hodgson to continue in the role for as long as he did. However, amid differing viewpoints, Glasner’s selection hopefully signifies greater unity.

Owner John Textor's long-standing admiration for the Austrian manager played a pivotal role in securing his services. The American businessman had previously tried to hire him for Lyon, another member of the Eagle Football Holdings multi-club group.  

While other candidates, including Ipswich’s manager Kieran McKenna and former Premier League bosses Steve Cooper and Julen Lopetegui, were considered, it was Glasner's meticulous approach to team improvement which strongly resonated with key decision-makers.

Central to Glasner's managerial ethos is adaptability. Unlike his predecessors, he eschews set formations in favour of more fluid systems tailored to his squad's strengths. This tactical flexibility, inspired by the likes of Klopp and Rangnick, allows for dynamic, high-intensity football characterised by quick transitions and relentless pressing.

What’s more, Glasner's hands-on approach at the training ground has already left its mark on staff and players alike. During his first week, his personable demeanour and strong work ethic have endeared him to players and staff alike, which has only helped to lay the framework for a harmonious working environment. 

Glasner wasted no time implementing his tactical blueprint. Against Burnley, Palace showcased glimpses of his preferred style.


The Europa League winner set his side up with three at the back, while deploying advanced wing-backs behind a fluid attacking set-up which, when available, will be able to boast the likes of Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise. From the first whistle, Palace pressed with intensity and it yielded reward in the 35th minute, when Jefferson Lerma forced James Trafford into a poor pass, prompting Josh Brownhill to bring him down and receive his marching orders in the process.

In addition to this, the inclusion of six players under 21 on the bench underscores Glasner's commitment to nurturing homegrown talent - a vital component of Palace's long-term strategy.

Yet, there are significant issues to address, particularly in defence. Palace's susceptibility to late goals remains a glaring concern, necessitating a pragmatic approach from Glasner. His emphasis on defensive solidity and structured organisation will be crucial in shoring up the backline which has conceded 20 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season.

While immediate improvement may not materialise overnight, patience is urged as Palace seek to steer themselves away from the threat of relegation and gradually build into next season.