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After securing the title on the final day of the season, Crystal Palace have announced there will be a new fanzine for the start of next season now they find themselves dining at the top table.  It is also expected to be announced in the coming days, the future of manager Gary Goodson who initially took over until the end of the season.

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Following on from Crystal Palace’s Division One League title, chairman Steve Parish has confirmed this morning that manager Gary Goodson has signed a new contract which will last for two seasons with the option of extending this for a third if all parties agree.

Goodson took over towards the end of the current season with Palace in the thick of the title race in the Division One.  Despite a few disappointing results, Goodson steered his side within touching distance of the summit and took full advantage of Burnley’s mini collapse with just three games to go.  A 2-0 victory on the final day of the season was enough to claim the title on goal difference for the Eagles who will now play in the Premier Division.

Speaking at todays press conference Parish said “We were very keen to tie Gary down to a long-term deal after he guided us over the line to the title and are delighted he has decided to remain with us as we tackle the Premier Division next season.  With several teams changing manager already, we were determined to see Gary remain with us and continue the good he has done since taking over. 

Goodson himself was in a buoyant mood after signing his new deal.  “I am delighted that everything has been sorted out and so soon as it now allows everyone to focus on the new season ahead.  Our fans will enjoy this moment of winning the league however I am already planning ahead for next season in what will be a tough test for us all against top quality opposition”.

When asked if funds would be made available Parish was clear in his message “We will provide sufficient funds for Gary to strengthen the squad where he feels necessary for the new season.  We do not have the riches that the big sides like Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have but we will give ourselves every chance of competing in the league”.

Indeed, when asked what his goals were for next season, Gary responded “First and foremost, we will be aiming for twenty-five points.  That is our first target, anything from then will be a bonus however twenty-five points is the target”.  Asked if he thought this season will be a struggle, Gary replied “Well it ain’t gonna be a stroll in the park, that is for sure (laughs).  We are fully aware of the challenge ahead and we will have to plan for games accordingly however we will be giving teams a game, that is for sure”.

Fans and pundits alike will be interested to see what business Palace will do during the close season and who if anyone is let go or brought in.  The futures of Mandanda, Schlupp, Townsend and Calvert-Lewin look assured however the futures of the likes of Cabaye, Delaney, Chung-Yong and Wickham are less than secure.  Opinion between fans is divided with some wanting wholesale changes to give themselves every chance of making their stay in the Premier Division more than just a one season deal whilst others want to see the players who got them their given the chance to show what they can do.  It could make for an interesting season in South London.



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Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Belgian international Youri Tielemans for a club record fee as well as the loans signings of Jamaal Lascelles and 

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