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Caretaker manager Keith Millen has urged the Crystal Palace players to make an impression when they face Arsenal on Saturday. The former Bristol City boss has taken the reigns at Selhurst Park on a temporary basis after Ian Holloway parted company by mutual consent earlier in the week. He said:
Keith Millen said: "It really is a challenge. It is the fixture we looked at when it came out at the start of the season. It is the reason we worked so hard last year to get promoted.
"That Wembley day seems a long way off now, how quickly things can change. But I just want the lads to enjoy the occasion, they are not doing it for me as I have told them I'm not looking for the job.
"A new manager will be coming in and it is down to them to start impressing the new manager, whoever that may be, and I think that starts on Saturday."
Crystal Palace have confirmed they have parted company with manager Ian Holloway. In a press conference called this evening, Chairman Steve Parish said:
"Ian felt that a new approach might help keep us in the division. I've enjoyed every minute of working with Ian. He leaves our club with his head held very high. I'd like to put the record straight. We've never fallen out. We've worked together brilliantly. We feel we need to move on to progress."
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Tony Pulis is the 2-1 favourite with bookmakers to become the next Crystal Palace manager.
- Neil Warnock is the 3-1 second favourite
- Roberto Di Matteo is at 5-1
- Palace remain 1-8 to be relegated this season
- 9-2 to stay up
- 8-11 to finish bottom
ITV Football understands that Crystal Palace will part company with Ian Holloway today after just one victory in his opening eight Premier League games. Chairman Steve Parish described Holloway as "categorically the right man" to lead Crystal Palace before their defeat to Fulham.
Crystal Palace will hold a press conference in central London at 5:30pm. Speculation has centred on the future of manager Ian Holloway since Monday night's 4-1 home defeat to Fulham.
Palace have taken just three points from eight Barclays Premier League matches since their promotion to the top flight. The club has not specified the reason for the press conference.
Ian Holloway has refused to comment on his future as Crystal Palace manager after their 4-1 home defeat to Fulham on last night.
He said: "I'm not talking about my future at the football club, I'm talking about the football club and that is all I have ever done. I'm not going to talk about what we just spoke about to be perfectly honest. I will be speaking to him [Parish] tomorrow [Tuesday] morning when the lads are in."
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