DJ ready to lock horns with former boss Ollie and is hoping to make it an unhappy start for the new Palace manager tonight
DJ Campbell is backing his former boss Ian Holloway to be a success at Crystal Palace- but reveals he should expect no favours from Town this evening.
Ollie left Blackpool, where he managed the Town loanee on two separate occasions, to take over at Selhurst Park this week and DJ is expecting his former boss to be a success with the Eagles, but is hoping it will be an unhappy start to his tenure in charge.
“I think he will do a great job there and he’s a top manager,” DJ told the Club website ahead of tonight’s trip to Palace.
“Obviously I worked closely with him at Blackpool and I can vouch for the good style of football he plays, which I think will suit Palace.
“I’m sure he will lift the whole place and continue the good work that Dougie (Freedman) started there.
“Hopefully he does well there because he’s someone I respect highly but all the boys will be looking to make sure it’s an unhappy start for him tonight.”
New Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway watched from the stands as his new side brushed aside Blackburn at Selhurst Park at the weekend. The new boss is unlikely to make changes to his starting line-up, with former Town duo Owen Garvan and Damien Delaney both in line to face their former employers.
Mick McCarthy could name an unchanged side from the team that beat Birmingham last time out, thanks to DJ Campbell’s first-half strike. The Town boss has revealed that striker Paul Taylor requires surgery for the cracked bone in his foot and may miss the majority of the season. Elliott Hewitt is also unlikely to be ready for first team action just yet, having only just returned to the U21 Development squad following a spell out with a hip injury and a bout of tonsillitis.
Where they finished last season
Crystal Palace- 17th
Where they currently stand
Crystal Palace- 3rd
One to watch
Damien Delaney. Needs little introduction to Town fans and players alike, after spending three years at Portman Road before departing the Club by mutual consent in August. Damo soon linked up with Palace and has proven to be a shrewd bit of business for the Eagles, shoring up the defence as well as also showing an eye for goal with three strikes to his name so far this term.
Referee: Darren Sheldrake
Assistants: David Woolford and Andrew Laver
Fourth Official: Ian Cooper
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