Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway: Picking squad was one of the toughest decisions I have made
Ian Holloway has said it was one of the most difficult decisions of his life to leave out players from his 25 man squad last week.
The Palace boss left out new signings Stephen Dobbie and Florian Marange as well as veteran striker Aaron Wilbraham and midfielder Owen Garvan.
Holloway, speaking at his pre-match press conference before Palace take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, said there was little hope French defender Florian Marange would feature in his plans but the door was open for other players to work their way back in the squad.
Marange and Garvan had both expressed their displeasure at being left out of the squad, with Marange upset at the way he was treated.
Garvan took to twitter to voice his displeasure, although it is not 100 per cent certain who he was referring to when he said “I will be here longer than he will, trust me.”
Holloway said: “I have never had this situation before when I have had to drop people from the squad.
“I am a motivator of people and I have never had to de-motivate people so badly as I had to do this week because of the rules of the competition.
“It is probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do in truth. Those boys didn’t deserve it. Stephen Dobbie has just moved his family down here for example.
“But we have brought players in who we think can move us on.”
He added: “I don’t think Florian has a long term future here. In terms of Owen he hasn’t said that to me, what he apparently said on twitter. I don’t trust those sites anyway.
“All I can say is there is no player in the world who wants to be deselected. The rules are you have to deselect some people.
“I just hope those who haven’t been picked get what they want and they get a club who can give them games. Their careers could still be here though.”
He said: “In terms of Owen he could have a future here. He was really close to being selected if it wasn’t for a meeting we had the week before.
“He wasn’t going to be selected for the 11 but he would have been in my 25. He made it clear to me that he didn’t want to be in the 25 if he wasn’t playing every week.
“So we didn’t select him. There is a way back for everyone though of course.
“With Florian he isn’t the player we thought he was. We need some pace in that backline and he hasn’t got it. I looked at his record and we brought him in pre season but after two games he wasn’t up to it.
“We were in a position to get Mariappa and he is pretty quick so he goes in ahead of Marange. We have to get this right for Palace fans.
“I would have preferred it if Marange had come to me with the problem to be honest.”
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