Ian Holloway will meet Crystal Palace's co-chairman Steve Parish on Tuesday with uncertainty growing over the manager's future after the club's 4-1 defeat by Fulham here on Monday night and a post-match discussion between the pair that lasted for more than an hour.
Holloway, having arrived at his post-match press conference just after 11.15pm, insisted his meeting with Parish had centred on the match, in which Palace surrendered a seventh-minute lead given to them by Adrian Mariappa to suffer their seventh defeat in eight Premier League games this season. He did not deny that he and Parish had discussed his future.
"We talk all the time and I'll be speaking to him tomorrow morning," said Holloway, whose team next face a daunting visit from Arsenal on Saturday. "It's about what's right for the football club and that's what it will always be about for me and Steve."
Asked if he and Parish had spoken about his future at Palace, Holloway replied: "I'm not talking about my future at this football club. Me and the chairman signed all these players together in the summer and he always comes down after a game to have a chat. It was just a bit longer this time because I spent longer with the players trying to pick them up."
Palace, in Holloway's words, "had the stuffing knocked out of them" by two stunning first-half Fulham goals, from Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell, but he outlined his disappointment with how the hosts conceded twice more after the break from set pieces, with Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos scoring from Bryan Ruiz corners.
Holloway's team, who have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and are 19th in the table, were particularly poor in the second half, so much so that some of their players, most notably Damien Delaney, were barracked by a section of the home support as they departed the field. Their manager also had strong words for a squad clearly struggling with life in the top flight having been promoted from the Championship last season.
"We've lost five games since we named the [squad of] 25 and there's something wrong there," said Holloway, who took a call from the Palace chief executive, Phil Alexander, at his press briefing. "I don't feel we have the same spirit. That squad is what we've got till January, so they better buck up and learn to stick together."