Holloway refuses to discuss Crystal Palace future

The Eagles are 19th in the league and five points adrift of safety following Monday night's defeat to Fulham, but the 50-year-old still believes he can turn it around
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway refused to be drawn on his position at the club after the Eagles recorded a fifth successive defeat, losing 4-1 against Fulham at Selhurst Park on Monday.

The home side took an early lead through Adrian Mariappa, but were undone by stunning first-half goals from Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell, before Fulham turned the result into a rout in the second period.

Club officials confirmed that Holloway met with Palace chairman Steve Parish after the match, though the 50-year-old refused to divulge the details of the meeting and insists he can drag Palace out of the relegation zone.

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"It's totally and utterly flat as a pancake in that dressing room," Holloway said after an hour-long debrief with Parish. "No-one wants to be on a run like this but it's happening, so we need to buck up, stick together and do something about it.

"I'm not talking about my future at the football club - only what's best for Palace, which is all I've ever done.

"I feel exactly the same way as the fans and if they want to moan at me, no problem. But I'm a very positive person and I still believe we can turn this round.

"We've lost five games since we announced our 25-man squad and something is not right - maybe we changed too much but that's what we have to work with until January."

Holloway will meet with Parish again on Tuesday morning, though says it is standard practice following a game and is adamant he has a strong relationship with the Palace chief.

"I will be speaking to him on Tuesday morning when the lads are in," Holloway said.

"It is about what is right for the football club and that is what it will always be about between me and Steve. We will talk about some bits and pieces and learn from it. That is the meeting and that is what we always do."