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Ollie's Way: I want Premier League standards and attitudes at Crystal Palace

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WHAT I want is Premier League standards around the training ground and Premier League attitude to our work and being professional.

I've seen it work and I want it to work with my lads. If I end up with half my youth team in there, that's half the battle anyway.

If you look at my record, do I sign a superstar or do I bring people in and polish and shine them up?

I think we had a right go in the transfer window and I must thank Phil Alexander among others because they were there until after 11pm and had got our deals through – other teams didn't.

It's really important that everyone knows that I need their help and I think the fans are no different. I know what I want and what I'm going to do, and that takes time to build it around to that.

It also takes patience, it takes understanding and more importantly than anything, I think we've made a statement to young players, that nobody at Palace will stand in your way selfishly.

I didn't want to stand in Wilfried Zaha's way. Imagine if we kept on saying 'no, no, no', but I thought my chairman handled it brilliantly and I think he dealt with Manchester United fantastically well.

I've just got to make sure Wilfried doesn't get worried or has to do too much. Some of the senior players and I have had a chat with him to let him know how we feel for him.

I think the kid is absolutely magnificent. Our fans know it and I think Man United fans will know it.

The 'he's just too good for you' chant, I'll never forget that, and wouldn't it be marvellous if Man United fans were singing that because it started at Palace?

He's still got a lot more learning to do to raise himself to their standards, but they have bought his potential and that's what I've spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson about.

Does that make me a traitor to Crystal Palace? I don't think so. I think young lads and their parents will see that and they'll want them to come and play for us, and if they're good enough, I'll play them.


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