The last time Ian Holloway was in the Premier League he came close to masterminding an impressive survival despite the tightest of budgets. For 2010/11, read 2013/14, as Crystal Palace will look to sniff our value signings. They've lost their brightest talent, for starters.
Last Updated: 13/06/13 11:57am
What's been said: "How much you spend on your group isn't always what gives you success. It's what's inside their hearts and how much they work for you. To me they're Palace heroes" - Ian Holloway.
The budget: Probably closer to £10m than Ian Holloway would like.
What's needed: The noises coming out of Selhurst Park is that it's Selhurst Park rather than the Palace playing staff that will be improved by the £120m windfall of promotion. Holloway's first reaction after winning the play-off final was to admit they were on a "hiding to nothing' in the Premier League. The good news for Palace fans is that he's been here before - spending less than £4m on Blackpool in the summer of 2010 and coming damned close to keeping them in the top flight.
With Wilfried Zaha bound for Manchester United, there are probably only two Palace players - Julian Speroni and Mile Jedinak - who we would deem ready for the Premier League. Holloway is going to have to work some magic to squeeze top-flight football from the likes of Kagisho Dikgacoi and Owen Garvan while picking up a few waifs and strays from elsewhere. The prospects do not look good, but they should end the season with some much-needed work done on a tired old stadium.
Ideal signing:There have been rumours of a bid for Tom Ince, which would be fantastic business, but the loan signing of Zaha back from Manchester United may be the savviest Palace can be.
Sky Bet: Charlie Adam was the heartbeat of the Blackpool side Holloway almost kept in the Premier League during his last stint in the top flight, and it's uncertain whether new Stoke boss Mark Hughes sees the Scot as a first-team regular under him. Hughes could quite feasibly opt to cash-in while Adam still commands a decent market value, and Palace are the 3/1 favourites to sign him. He'd certainly add a few goals to their armour and has proved his ability to cut it at this level, unlike much of his current crop. Up front, Darren Bent is an 8/1 shout with only Newcastle and Fulham showing slight signs of interest. Holloway has a soft spot for working-class heroes and Kevin Doyle fits the bill, with Wolves eager to offload the Irishman from their wage bill, but they face competition from Celtic, who are 5/4 favourites for his signature. The online bookmaker makes the Eagles 8/15 favourites for relegation while going 11/8 that they stay up. Transfer specials here
Release list: Calvin Andrew, Lee Hills, Nathaniel Pinney, Jake Caprice, Charlie Holness
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