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Aug 16, 2014

Millen wants to continue as boss

Caretaker boss Keith Millen does not want Saturday's dramatic late 2-1 defeat at Arsenal to be his last in charge of Crystal Palace.

Millen was in temporary charge at the Emirates Stadium following the shock departure of Tony Pulis less than 48 hours before the new Premier League season kicked off.

The well-organised Eagles were left frustrated after taking the lead through a first-half header from Brede Hangeland, one of the few summer signings sanctioned by chairman Steve Parish, as the Gunners fought back to snatch victory in stoppage time through Aaron Ramsey.

Millen, who was in temporary charge last season after Ian Holloway left ahead of Pulis' appointment in November, feels he has unfinished business with the club.

"I am proud of the players, of the performance, but am disappointed not to get something which we deserved,'' he said. "When you think what the players have been through in the last couple of days, you are never quite sure how they are going to respond to Tony leaving.

"We said to them before the game 'make sure there are no excuses' because I didn't want to have to stand up for them and say their heads weren't right to do a job because of what's happened.

"Would I like it to be my last game? No, I would like to continue. I enjoy being in charge. Whether it's the right time or not, I will speak to the chairman tomorrow. In the last two days the chairman has not had a chance to speak to the players, he's not spoken to me about what his ideas are going forward, he just said 'let's focus on today's game'.

"On Monday I am sure there will be some more conversations. The players need to know which direction the club is going. Hopefully at the start of the week there will be some more answers. If the chairman felt it was right for me I would sit down and talk to him about it.

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"I like working at this club and I certainly enjoy working with the players because they are a good honest group that works hard for you. They respect my decisions.''

Whoever takes over will have little chance to bring in the required additions before the transfer window closes.

"We have identified all summer the areas we need to strengthen but for whatever reason it's not happened,'' said Millen. "Tony knew what players he wanted and the club do. The new manager who comes in, in two weeks he's got to know which players he wants. It's not ideal if a club chooses them -- you need a manager to choose new players.''

Veteran Palace forward Glenn Murray believes Millen would have the trust of the players to take the club forwards.

"A lot of the players have worked with Keith for a long time and respect him,'' said Murray, who joined from Brighton in 2011, helping the club win promotion two years ago and was on the bench at Arsenal. "We showed in the time when he took over from Ian [Holloway] and again today that we work hard for him and enjoy playing under him.

"It has got to be the right man now, and it will take as long as it takes, that is up to the hierarchy.''

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