Palace already preparing for 2014/15 promotion push

The South London club are thinking two steps ahead

Crystal Palace have wasted no time in the wake of their sensational victory in the Championship play-off final, with the club having already identified a number of players who might prove crucial in getting the club promoted again in the 2014/15 season.

Although for many teams the summer is an opportunity to relax and briefly forget about football, the staff at Selhurst Park know that they'™ll have to work nonstop if they hope to have a shout at coming straight back up to the Premier League the year after next.

"œWe'™ve done great to get promoted, but this is only the beginning," manager Ian Holloway told FourFourTwo."œAt this level, you can'™t tread water. This club has a long-term plan involving plenty more promotions. We plan to get promoted again at the first opportunity, in 2015, and again in 2017 and maybe 2019 too.

"œYou know what they say. Staying still is going backwards, but going backwards and forwards is going upwards."

Although the season after next is more than a year away, Palace have already begun drawing up a shortlist of players to help in the promotion push.

"œWe'™re planning to fill the squad with players who have proved they can cut it in on a wet Tuesday night in Huddersfield," Holloway continued. "œAnd if that means spending next season'™s transfer budget on players from Huddersfield Town, then so be it."

Holloway confirmed that his players would be given the next year or so to relax and prepare for the challenges ahead, and that any football they play in the meantime would be an opportunity to keep fit and express themselves.

"œThe Championship is the hardest league to get out of, but I don'™t want anyone to think they don'™t belong at that level," Holloway said. "œI plan to constantly remind them: 'You are Championship footballers, you are Championship footballers.'™ That should do the trick."


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