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Crystal Palace chairman Parish slams rivals over 'lazy' transfer spending

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has taken aim at rival Premier League clubs over their spending.

Parish declared yesterday that the wiping off of hundreds of millions of pounds from the value of the Premier League's UK television deal was a good thing because its clubs "waste a lot of money" and had "got lazy".

He said: "Maybe we outfoxed the bidders a little bit last time. And maybe we got a little bit of our own medicine.

"I think it'll be good for football. Because I think we waste a lot of money in the Premier League - all of us - because of this never-ending increased TV income issue. A little tightening of the purse strings wouldn't go amiss, for everybody.

"We're certainly seen as a target, almost, for clubs to sell to. Their players are managed to sell them to us for extortionate amounts of money. And we've got lazy, I think, in terms of buying very exposed talent. We could all do a better job in terms of our recruitment."

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