The former England striker, who left Palace in 2006 after four seasons there, went to the club’s training ground Monday night only for Queens Park Rangers to pull out of the deal.
Parish said: “We thought we had an agreement on the player [Johnson] and a fee agreed but these things are very fraught.
“We were going to take Andy back on a three-year deal. We thought that would be very exciting for the fans, for me personally and for AJ but it’s not to be.
“I think he’s happy to play for QPR — they’re a great club — but Palace and Andy’s relationship is special, isn’t it?”
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