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Oliver Glasner on the Crystal Palace job: I am no David Copperfield

Ahead of his debut match with the struggling Crystal Palace, new manager Oliver Glasner cautioned against expecting miraculous transformations, emphasizing that he is not a wizard.

Although changes are anticipated at Selhurst Park under Oliver Glasner’s leadership, his initial remarks during his introductory press conference bore a resemblance to those of his predecessor Roy Hodgson. Hodgson, who departed last Thursday, frequently emphasized that he did not possess a “magic wand” to solve all problems.

Glasner, who previously guided Eintracht Frankfurt to victory in the Europa League in 2022, inherits a Palace squad currently positioned five points above the relegation zone. They face Burnley on Saturday, a team they hold a 12-point advantage over. However, Palace remains without three key players, and recent matches have seen a growing sense of dissatisfaction among the fanbase.

The 49-year-old, who took charge of his first training session on Wednesday, referenced the famous American illusionist as he said: “I’m no magician. I’m not David Copperfield.

“But what I always tell the players is the same for me. You can grow with your challenges, and it’s a challenge for me, it’s a challenge for all of us, but I’ve had a warm welcome from all the players, from the whole organisation, also from the British weather the last few days.

“It made it really easy to start the players listening. The players have great character. We’ve had more meetings than training sessions on the pitch, but I really think we all did well together.

“Now it’s up to us to get the confidence back. It was a short week but the players are listening, are willing, are open-minded and this is what I like.

Glasner: I can’t change in just two days

“I don’t expect that there will be something totally different tomorrow because that is not possible – sorry, no David Copperfield here – but I feel this is a great team with great character fighting for each other, fighting for a win.

“What I can promise is that it is always our basic (philosophy), the only thing I expect from my players in every game is that we give 100 per cent to win this game.”

Having spent the majority of his playing career as a defender for Austrian club SV Ried, Glasner transitioned into coaching, leading Ried and LASK before venturing into the Bundesliga. During his Bundesliga stint, he guided Wolfsburg to Champions League qualification before eventually joining Frankfurt.

Initially, Glasner was in discussions to succeed Hodgson following the expiration of the 76-year-old’s contract at the end of the season. However, the announcement of Glasner’s appointment came ahead of schedule. This move came amidst speculation surrounding Hodgson’s future, fueled further when he fell ill and was hospitalized during a training session on Thursday.

Approaching the relegation battle with an optimistic outlook, Glasner views himself as a positive character. In discussions with league officials, he acknowledged the potential repercussions of his expressive touchline demeanor.

He added: “I was used to sprinting down the sidelines and celebrating with my players. I try to be calm but sometimes I’m not calm.

“And I don’t know what you will see tomorrow but everything you will see, this is Oliver Glasner.

“I cannot change in two days and I don’t want to change. If I feel the emotion, I want to show it.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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