By Andrew McSteen
James McArthur insists there will be no extra significance to tomorrow’s trip to Everton – despite Crystal Palace coming up against former boss Sam Allardyce.
Big Sam took charge at Selhurst Park just before Christmas 2016, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract, and kept them up. But five months into his deal he stepped down in the summer claiming he had “no ambition to take another job”.
But come early December 2017, Allardyce had signed an 18-month contract with the blue half of Merseyside.
“He’s a good manager so they obviously wanted him enough,” said McArthur. “We were surprised to see him go – especially with the season we had just had – but that’s football.
“The Everton game is just another game – it’s so common [to face previous managers]. We know that the manager will know the way we play, but we also know how they will play with him as manager.
“Emotion is out of the window as it’s about the 11, 12, 13 or 14 players who play on the day performing and getting the victory.”
Please support your local paper by making a donation
Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.
So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.