CRYSTAL Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has admitted he felt like the club were "drifting away" from what's brought them success in the last year or so.
The Eagles supremo sacked Neil Warnock last week following a dismal 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton and believes he had to act with the atmosphere around the club.
Parish, talking to Mark Bright for the club's television channel, says he made a mistake of appointing Warnock but felt there were no other candidates for the job that he could see himself working with for "three or four years".
"I probably didn't get the right fit with Neil, I have to take it on the chin with that one," said Parish,
"Neil is very, very nice guy. A really nice guy. I would have loved him to have been a success.
"I felt, with what we had here, we could keep going, and I didn't see anybody out there at the time that I wanted to make a three or four-year commitment to.
"Neil was prepared to come in and do it on a slightly shorter term basis and help out. It felt like the right thing to do.
"I don't think we're massively behind where we should be but I just think we were drifting away again from what we're good at.
"We tried to play a different formation against Southampton and looked a bit lost at sea at times.
"The crowd went flat, and it's difficult then to get yourself out of that."
By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)