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Palace boss has balancing act between better players or facilities

Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman is trying to strike a balance balance between investing in better players or facilities, reports the News Shopper. The boss explained: "I've spent many years here and understand that the training ground and facilities need to be improved.

"Many people have been advising me to just try and improve the playing staff and while I understand it's crucial, I've also got a responsibility to the young players coming through."

Freedman has already overseen a £50,000 upgrade to the youth team pitches and there are plans in the pipeline for improvements to the gym at the Eagles' Beckenham training ground this summer.

He added: "We've got to make sure the facilities are up to standard, so we can get the best out of them.

"We've spent £50,000 on the youth team pitches to get them to a standard that they can train on them day in, day out without having to spend half the time in the gym because they're too hard or too soft.

"There are also improvements in the gym where I am going to be bringing in a speed centre, something I've used many times which will be open to everybody at the club.

"So there has been a bit of money spent at the training ground which I feel is very important and I believe it's my responsibility to do that."

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