Crystal Palace co-chairman: Our time is now
Crystal Palace and Ian Holloway have unfinished business in the Premier League according to co-chairman Steve Browett.
The Eagles return to the top tier of English football for the first time in eight years this Sunday when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in front of a full house.
It is the fifth time they will have sat at the top table but on all four previous occasion they have left after one season - while Holloway's sole Premier League campaign as manager also ended in relegation with Blackpool.
And Browett believes it is finally time to put those statistics to bed.
"Ian has unfinished business in the Premier League," he said.
"Last time, he did well but, ultimately, Blackpool went down. I know he doesn’t want that to happen again.
"He has got the experience and the hunger to prove that he can get a team up into the Premier League and to stay up.
"We are a hungry and ambitious team too and now have to prove the same as a club.
"We have been promoted four times to the Premier League and we have got relegated each time and that is a statistic we want to break."
The Eagles go into the start of the season firm favourites for relegation, but, having been promoted last season despite expecting to struggle in the Championship, Browett believes the Eagles can surprise the football world once more.
"Fourth from bottom this season is a challenge, but it was just as much as a challenge to get out of the Championship last season," he said.
"There are seven to 10 teams who will be looking over their shoulder this year. No one is thinking it is going to be easy but it is definitely doable.
"Palace have a habit of surprising though don’t we?
"We are going into it as underdogs but we are quite good at that.
"Our last three games, against Brighton twice and Watford, we were written off. So against Spurs it would seem we are favourites to lose again but we can surprise people."
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