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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 May, 2005, 09:34 GMT 10:34 UK
Jordan insists Johnson will stay
Palace striker Andy Johnson
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan is adamant star striker Andrew Johnson will stay at Selhurst Park despite the club's relegation to the Championship.

"We are not in a position where we need to sell and he is a fundamental part of our team," he told BBC Five Live.

"He signed a five-year contract and has four years to go. He can get the goals to get us back to the Premiership.

"He has a great relationship with me, a great relationship with the manager and he is revered by the fans."

Johnson scored 21 Premiership goals this term and made his international debut for England.

His poaching instincts will be crucial if the Eagles are going to meet Jordan's target of returning to the Premiership within 12 months.

And the chairman is also confident that highly-rated manager Iain Dowie will stay at the helm.

"I've been seriously loyal to Iain and expect the same from him," Jordan added.

"He is a good manager and he has a job to do here, and he wants to see the club be successful.

"I don't expect us to be in the Championship very long. I expect to win the league and I'll give the manager the means to do that.

"I want to come up as champions and put to bed the memory of this season."


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