Socceroo Mile Jedinak admits he’s still struggling to comprehend Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis’ exit and wants a new manager installed as soon as possible.
Jedinak’s Eagles missed out on an impressive opening day point after a stoppage-time Aaron Ramsey strike earned Arsenal a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.
Palace were led by caretaker Keith Millen following Pulis’ midweek departure, allegedly over issues with the club’s transfer activity.
Among the reported contenders for the role are Malky Mackay, Tim Sherwood and Neil Lennon, and Jedinak told reporters he’d like to see the club appoint someone quickly.
“We all know how important it is to get a manager installed at the football club,” Jedinak said.
"For us it would be ideal (to be a quick appointment), but it is not up to us.
"I am sure the guys above and powers at be know what they are doing and hopefully will get something ready for us in the not too distant future."
Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has said the club wants a swift appointment too, ideally by Wednesday, but added the new manager needed to tick several boxes.
“Experience of the Premier League is very important and we will not be straying too far from someone who has intimate knowledge of it, either as a player or as a manager,” Parish said.
Pulis won last season’s Premier League Manager of the Year after remarkably rescuing the club from relegation having been appointed in November with Palace in the drop zone. The Eagles finished last term in 11th.
Jedinak added: “It is a situation which is a little bit difficult to comprehend at the minute, but it is part and parcel of this game and the job we do.
"You see things happen, but it is up to you as a footballer and as a professional to continue on with your job.
"What happens is out of your control and something you cannot have an influence on, you just need to get on with it. We did that and I cannot stress how proud I am of the group.”
Palace might still without a manager when they tackle West Ham next weekend and Jedinak said the squad needed to re-group.
"We addressed things as a group on Friday and said that we needed to put in a performance," Jedinak said.
"The boys responded extremely well. I am massively proud of what they did, it is just a shame we did not get something from it.
"On the balance of the game we deserved at least a point, but it is something we need to learn from and quickly."comments