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Julian Speroni Unsure If He’ll Be At Palace Next Season

Having played a pivotal role in Crystal Palace’s successful battle for Premier League survival this season, Julian Speroni is now looking to finish the campaign in style, although he has admitted that he remains uncertain over where his future lies beyond this summer.

After concentrating solely on his performances for the last nine months, the Argentine will now look to gain concrete answers from Tony Pulis over whether he will be in with a chance of retaining the number one shirt over Wayne Hennessey next season, should he be offered a deal and subsequently decide to stay.

Speroni said:

The fans have been fantastic all season. They have been really, really good and I think they will be loud the next two games. We have to be professional and it is not over yet.

“We still have three games to play and we are going to face every single game and try to win it. That is the way we think and that is they way the manager wants us to be. It is not over.

“They are going to be tough games but our confidence keeps growing and growing and when you play with confidence, anything can happen.”

“I am not sure what is going to happen next season. I am free to talk. But I am not going to worry.

“I am confident I will be playing for the next three or four seasons. But where, who knows?

“Before this I was just concentrating on keeping Palace in the Premier League.

It seems ridiculous to think that Speroni may not be given the opportunity to retain his place as the guaranteed number one for us next season after a string of truly sensational performances of late, but with Wayne Hennessey having seemingly been made promises in relation to game time next year, Tony Pulis faces somewhat of a dilemma.

It goes without saying that Speroni is a legend in the eyes of every Palace fan, with the goalkeeper on the verge of reaching 350 appearances for the club, but with his advancing years and the January arrival of Hennessey looking to have been made with an eye firmly on the future, we may well be forced to contemplate a Palace team without Speroni involved when the new season begins.

Time really does wait for no man.

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The Mirror Links Tony Pulis To Newcastle Job

Alongside this morning’s story of another “spying scandal” involving Crystal Palace in The Mirror, they are now reporting that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is lining up Tony Pulis as a possible replacement for Alan Pardew at the end of the season.

With the former West Ham man under severe pressure from the Newcastle supporters after a woeful recent run of form, there are frequent rumblings suggesting that Pardew’s days on Tyneside may be numbered, but after their recent form for destabilising stories in relation to Palace, there is certainly reason to believe that the paper have plucked the link from thin air.

Having presided over five straight victories, Pulis has seen his Palace side secure mathematical safety with three games to spare, which in fairness, will lead to speculation over other clubs looking towards him with envious eyes, but for the story to appear so soon after our stay in the top flight has been extended smacks of fictitious rumour rather than hard fact.

Time and again this year, The Mirror have published articles alluding to problems behind the scenes, whether it be Steve Parish’s supposed indecisiveness in picking a new manager after Ian Holloway’s departure or the rumoured disagreements between Pulis and Parish in recent months, all of which have been continuously denied by those involved.

Now, we see two stories in the same day with claims that could cause shockwaves throughout the club from the same paper, whilst no other national dailies have the slightest word of anything similar.

Is there someone inside the newspaper with an axe to grind? It certainly feels that way of late.

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