Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If You've Got a Heart Simon, Quit Palace, Pleads Noades

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If You've Got a Heart Simon, Quit Palace, Pleads Noades

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

RON NOADES today accused Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan of taking the club backwards and has urged him to stand down. Noades, who was chairman between 1981 and 1998, is stunned by the demise of the Championship side, who are in serious danger of going into administration amid reports of debts of around [pounds sterling]30million.

Jordan agreed a deal with the club's major creditors Agilo this week over [pounds sterling]4.5m owed to them, but Palace still face an uncertain future as they have a court hearing on 27 January over an unpaid tax bill of [pounds sterling]1.2m.

The players and coaching staff have yet to receive their wages for the month of December, although Jordan told manager Neil Warnock last night that everyone should get their money by next Wednesday at the latest.

It is the fourth time the squad have not been paid on time this season and the club have been hit with two transfer embargoes this term.

Although Noades oversaw the most successful era in the club's history -- Palace were runners-up in the 1990 FA Cup and finished third in the top flight a year later-- he was an unpopular figure by the end of his time there, with the majority of fans demanding he sell the club to Mark Goldberg.

Yet the 71-year-old now believes it is Jordan who should go and said: "I think if he had Palace at heart he would just step aside. There are horrendous problems.

If I'd have done the things he has I'd have been absolutely crucified.

"I get miffed about the way he's run the club into the ground. No one can bail him out in my view. His only chance is administration and to get rid of the creditors list.

"Lots of people have contacted me who are interested in buying them, but I don't know whether they meet Jordan and he asks for X million and they run away. I'm not interested either and he doesn't seem to be someone you can negotiate with. The last thing I saw he was asking for [pounds sterling]7.5m from an investor. But it is dreamworld.

"Palace are back to where they were when I took over. They weren't in administration but I had to work through all the debts. …

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