Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce: We aren't good enough to avoid relegation from the Premier League
Palace are only out of the bottom three on goal difference and at home to Everton this afternoon with Allardyce handing out a harsh helping of reality.
"We are a relegation threatened side, and because we have less points than games played, the suggestion at the moment is the squad is not good enough, or been good enough up until now to stay up."
Allardyce is desperate to recruit in the transfer window and wants to bring in at least four new players. So far, he has signed just one.
"I can make the team better, I hope I can buy new players and that would help a great deal," he added. "But we have to act as quickly as we can. We need to get more points than games played.
"Everyone thinks a new manager can turn things around because there is a knee-jerk reaction. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. At the moment it hasn't."
Allardyce is no stranger to this kind of fixit football – he kept up Bolton and Blackburn, and then West Ham and Sunderland.
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"What the players need to be aware of is just how many people relegation affects at a football club," he said.
"So many people have to lose their jobs or cut their salary by 50 per cent. It is devastation across the board from top to bottom, from security to whoever makes the tea. Every area financially has to be trimmed back.
"That is a responsibility for us all to keep the club in the Premier League, and we are the only ones who can do it.
"The players have a responsibility to their families because they get reduced contracts if they go out of the league, so there is motivation there for me, for the players to make sure they get out of trouble and hopefully I can encourage them to do that as quickly as possible.
"We are a long way from them playing how I want. But I will do everything in my power to make us safe.
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"I don't sleep, only four or five hours a night. I stay awake and watch games and do lots of stuff when it's quiet because my wife isn't with me at the moment.
Ronald Koeman has tipped Ademola Lookman to go right to the top
"This month is a pain in the neck. I spend sometimes hours trying to negotiate for players. That's what I did on Thursday and neither of them worked out.
"And then coming into training today the pitch had frozen up. So that cheered me up no end.
"Then I went down to the stadium and it was fantastic. The sun was shining and it was all calm. We were in the theatre where we perform and I was thinking, 'This is why we do it'.
"Then I get back to the office and it's back on the phone again. Life is great one minute then goes down the next. Maybe I'll be miserable again later.
"But I'm confident enough in my own ability to save Palace I have been in this position too many times. Can I do it? I can't guarantee anything but I'm 100 per cent committed."
Ronald Koeman finds himself in a more comfortable position and enjoying his new signing, having tipped teenager Adelmola Lookman to go right to the top despite seeing him play for just "two minutes" in an Everton shirt.
Lookman, 19, scored on his first appearance despite only coming on as an injury-time introduction against Manchester City last weekend.
But Koeman insists it is in training where the former Charlton youngster has left both senior players and coaching staff unanimous he has what it takes.
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"I've been really impressed by the young boy and what he is showing us," said Koeman. "Not just in the last two minutes last weekend [for all that] it was a big moment for the boy and everybody because it made the result more special.
"But I'm really impressed in his attitude and in his quality in the training session. He can be a really top player.
"Because he came from a lower league, a lower football team with all due respect, you come in with a Premier League team, to train with good players at high intensity and you see the reaction of the rest of the players.
"Football players know exactly after two days if a new signing is that signing or is just okay. Well he brought that quality. Even with his age and without any experience of the intensity of the Premier League. I'm impressed.
"I don't say that he doesn't need to learn but we know what. It was already a big compliment for him that he was part of the squad of last weekend and not several other players with more name or experience."
Koeman insists he is not afraid to give Lookman a starting role against Crystal Palace today following his successful late cameo completing a 4-0 rout of Manchester City.
And even with his Everton career just two minutes old, the 19-year-old is already attracting attention from the Nigeria national set up who have confirmed they are looking into his eligibility.
Lookman, who was born in Wandsworth and has represented England at under 19s and 20s levels qualifies for the Super Eagles through his Nigerian-born parents.