Crystal Palace and manager Tony Pulis have tonight parted company.
Keith Millen will take over from Pulis as head coach alongside the current first team coaching staff for the foreseeable future.
“We are sad to announce this decision,’’ began Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish. “But both Tony and I feel that it is a decision made in the best interests of Crystal Palace Football Club and our dedicated supporters.
“I felt that, with the speculation regarding Tony's future at the club, this way would be best for all parties to avoid any confusion as to his happiness here with The Eagles.
“We called a meeting with Tony today in a last-ditch attempt to support him and find a way to improve the work of the whole team here at Selhurst to secure the results we need over the coming Premier League season in order to survive.
“However, after thinking about the best and right way forward, I felt it unlikely we would achieve a stable position with Tony at the club to allow us to get back to our best and produce the performance levels that have suited Crystal Palace so well over the last few years.
"We need to put this uncertainty behind the club and move forward as a football club. I would like to take this opportunity to send a message of gratitude to Tony for the work he has done during his short spell with the club and wish him well for the future.’’
The Palace chairman finished by saying: “I would like to think that all of our supporters will be able to fully understand how difficult this period has been for us and I would like to ask everyone connected to Crystal Palace Football Club to get behind Keith Millen and the rest of the team here at Selhurst Park.’’
The club refuse to make any further comment at this stage, but will do our utmost to keep our supporters updated with any future development.