Angry Jordan orders player clear-out at Crystal Palace

LONDON: Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has told manager Trevor Francis to organise a clearout of players following another disappointing season for the first division club. 

He also warned that Francis could join them if he failed to improve the team's form in the last few weeks in what Jordan described as “this miserable division.” 

“I am not having this group of players here next season. There will be dramatic changes in the summer,” Jordan was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. 

“I have players here who have no appetite for real success. 

“They are earning eight grand (thousand pounds) a week and they have a big-time Charlie attitude. I'm not watching next year what I've had to watch this year. At times we've been a disgrace. 

“I have asked the management staff to tell me who should go. They can see the players who are performing and those who are not and you will see in the summer - out they will go.” 

Palace have won just two of their last 12 league games and are marooned mid-table with virtually no chance of making the playoffs. 

Former England striker Francis took over the south London club from Steve Bruce in November 2001, taking them to a 10th-place finish last season. 

That followed the club narrowly avoiding relegation to the second division the previous year. They were relegated from the Premier League after one season in 1998. 

Francis signed several new players this season but, apart from a run to the fifth round of the FA Cup via a victory over Liverpool, has seen little return. 

Jordan had asked Francis and his assistants for a written outline of their strategy for reaching the premier league but was unimpressed by what he got. 

“The report they produced wasn't really the mentality I wanted. I wanted a road map to the Premiership,” said Jordan. 

“It's not fair to assume that Trevor will be in a job next season because blueprint or no blueprint if we lose all our games until the end of the season I will have a problem. 

“But I expect us to get out of this miserable division next year. Given the £30mil (US$47.41mil) I've spent, mediocrity is not acceptable.” – Reuters 

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