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Williams Excited By Warnock Appointment

29 August 2014

Eagles midfielder Jonny Williams is extremely excited for the new chapter in his Crystal Palace career. 

The 20 year-old claims it is good to regain stability after the squad started the Premier League season managerless, and believes that the appointment of Neil Warnock will be a positive move going forward.

The Welsh international was at the club as a youngster when the new manager was last at the helm, and is relishing the opportunity to finally play under him four years since he last occupied the Selhurst hotseat.

Williams said: “I think there’s a sense of excitement again. We’ve had a few managers over the past few years so it’s something we’re used to but we’re all excited.

“A few of the lads know the manager already and I was in the academy when he was around, and the job he did in keeping us up and keeping the club alive was a great achievement.

“It’s like your first day at school. With a new boss, we need to show him what we can do in training and in games.”

Williams is looking forward to life under Warnock as he knows the gaffer likes to integrate youngsters into his sides, adding: “Hopefully there will be the chance for a few more games in the Premier League. He did give a few youngsters opportunities when he was last here as manager.

“Everyone knows where they stand and hopefully we can go again. We began last season with two losses and look where we ended up. I don’t think it’s something to worry about.

“We all know what he’s going to bring to the club, he’s been here before. I’m sure he’ll get a great response from the fans from the job he did when we stayed up.”

Williams also had plenty of praise for Keith Millen, who took over as caretaker manager for a short period once again this season and finished his latest stint with a 3-0 win at Walsall on Tuesday, in which Williams made his first start of the season.

“Keith’s done a great job. He was there when we got promoted and there when we stayed up," Williams said. "He’s done a fantastic job. The confidence he’s given me has been great.”

Foreseeing a long season ahead, the youngster remains highly optimistic and is aiming to play a key role again this year starting with the weekend's trip to Tyneside to play Newcastle United.

“It’s a strange league, as is the Championship. You can’t really predict what is going to happen but we will be hoping to stay up this year.

“The only way is up at the moment so we want bounce back on Saturday, although it will be tough against Newcastle.

“St James’ Park is very intimidating place to play. Newcastle have looked good in their first two games, and they were unlucky against Manchester City.”

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