PALACE legend Geoff Thomas says new boss Alan Pardew and Eagles co-chairman Steve Parish must have a good working relationship if they're to be successful in the transfer market this month and beyond.
The club are expected to be fairly busy in recruiting fresh faces to boost the squad in a bid to move up the Premier League table .
And Thomas remembers his playing days at Palace, pointing to Steve Coppell and the late Ron Noades as an example to follow perhaps.
"The most important thing for Alan and Steve is that there is a clear direction where both of them identify what is needed and what both parties are going to deliver," he said.
"I think what we saw with Tony Pulis was there was a misunderstanding, and that relationship broke down really quickly.
"Steve and Al need to get a really good working relationship, very similar to the way Steve Coppell and Ron Noades worked.
"They were very, very close, and I think Palace is a club where the chairman and the manager needs to be close."
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By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)