Ambrose admits jinx fear
Crystal Palace's Darren Ambrose admits he feels somewhat of a jinx player amid his current club's financial woes.
Last Updated: 14/02/10 2:19pm
Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose admits he feels somewhat of a jinx player amid his current club's financial woes.
The Eagles plunged into administration last month, suffering a 10-point penalty as their promotion push turned into a relegation battle in the blink of an eye.
For Ambrose, it was the second time in his career in which his employers went into administration, with first club Ipswich suffering the same misfortune in 2002.
The 25-year-old was sold to Newcastle and it wasn't long before the Magpies' fortunes took a turn for the worst as they plunged from UEFA Champions League participants to Premier League relegation candidates, now finding themselves in the Championship.
Ambrose, who has scored 15 goals this season, moved on to Charlton from St James Park in 2005 and the Addicks have suffered two relegations since then and now find themselves in League One.
Now at Selhurst Park, Ambrose's latest club also find themselves in a crisis, and the Essex-born midfielder is beginning to worry he is forging a reputation for himself.
"I feel like a bit of a jinx," Ambrose told The People. "It's like I bring every club down as I go. I just hope people don't actually look at it that way.
"It's disappointing to be in the position we're in at Palace and I absolutely feel like the rug's been taken out from under my feet a couple of times in my career, but I'm just hoping I've had all my downers now.
"When we went into administration at Ipswich, I left for Newcastle two weeks later as a result of it.
"It's been a strange few weeks. We were right up there in the promotion challenge and now we are in a relegation battle.
"We were all talking on the plane to Newcastle that if we got a good result there we would be right in it but when we landed I got a text from my wife saying that we were in administration.
"I didn't know whether to believe it or not but then everyone was getting texts saying the same thing."
As Palace prepare to take on Premier League outfit Aston Villa in the FA Cup fifth-round on Sunday, Ambrose believes events off the field has helped bond the players on the pitch - and he is gunning for a shock win over Martin O'Neill's men.
"We have tried not to let it affect us. In many ways it has brought us together as a team and a staff," said Ambrose.
"If Villa have a bit of an off day, we can beat them and we're in the quarter finals."