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Millen ready for full-time position

December 29, 2014 07:50:31 UK

Caretaker manager Keith Millen has said he wants to be given the chance to take on the vacancy permanently because he has the respect of the Crystal Palace players.

The 48-year-old was charged with the task of taking over first-team affairs when Neil Warnock was sacked on Saturday and on Sunday oversaw a goalless draw against fellow strugglers QPR at Loftus Road.

Millen was overlooked for the post on a permanent basis at the start of the season when Tony Pulis left the south London club but now says he is ready for his chance.

He told reporters: “I’m ready for it. The players respect me. I’ve done it enough times.”

Millen managed the club for four league matches last season when former boss Ian Holloway left Selhurst Park.

He revealed he has not spoken with club officials about the vacancy but said he hoped to win approval from the board so that he can set about the task of masterminding a successful fight against the threat of relegation.

“It’s about respect. I respect the players and what they’re about and hopefully they respect me for my knowledge and hard work with them,” added Millen, whose team are currently third from bottom of the Premier League.

“You do have to detach yourself from the players as a manager, but also with Premier League players you have to make sure they understand what you want from them.

“They’re big characters at this level and you have to get the best out of them.

“I don’t know how long I’ll be in charge for. I have not been told I’ve got a chance and I haven’t spoken to the chairman [Steve Parish] about myself.”

Crystal Palace are currently priced 2.75 to be relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.

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