Simon Jordan brands Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish 'a weasel' in GB News interview

The businessman, broadcaster and former owner of the south London club joined Michelle Dewberry for Talking Pints

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Businessman, broadcaster and former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has told GB News that the current owner of the south London club, Steve Parish is a "bit of weasel".

Mr Jordan, who owned Crystal Palace from 2001 to 2010, told Michelle Dewberry that he is "not a great fan" Mr Parish.

Chris Hughton- Former Brighton Manager, Simon Jordan- Former Crystal Palace Owner & Broadcaster and Teddy Sheringham during the FWA Live Season Preview at The Landmark Hotel, London.
Chris Hughton- Former Brighton Manager, Simon Jordan- Former Crystal Palace Owner & Broadcaster and Teddy Sheringham during the FWA Live Season Preview at The Landmark Hotel, London.

Mr Parish took over the Eagles in 2010, with the club in financial difficulties. They were promoted to the Premier League from the Championship in 2013.

Mr Jordan, who was asked whether he thought Palace would reach this year's FA Cup final, said he would "certainly hope so".

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish during a Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish during a Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London.

After making disparaging comments about the current owner, Mr Jordan said: "...the bottom line is I do hope the club that I formerly owned and spent 50 million quid of my own money in, [that] I put a lot of time and energy in, continues to prosper."

Crystal Palace face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on April 17. The club beat Stoke City at Selhurst Park, before demolishing Everton 4-0 to book their place in their first cup semi-final since 2016.

The Eagles are currently 12th in the Premier League table with nine games of the season remaining.

Mr Jordan also reflected on how he operated as a relatively young football owner.

Responding to the suggestion that some fans "hated" him, Mr Jordan said: "Football is very tribalistic and I was a very young owner.

"I was very in your face and I had very strong opinions.

"I was going to make sure that my point was heard.

"If Birmingham City wanted to nick my football manager, which they did, I was very strident towards my attitude towards Birmingham.

"So that's going to make you slightly unpopular with certain sections of fanbases."