Following the departure of Neil Warnock on Saturday morning it was announced that Keith Millen will be in caretaker charge for the game against QPR on Sunday at Loftus Road.
Keith spoke after training on Saturday and said it is a sad time to see Neil leave his post at the club.
“It is not a nice position to be in again that’s for sure, it was a surprise this morning when I arrived to get the call from the chairman to let me know the situation. It’s a shock for us all but as always in these situations we have to be professional and concentrate on the game against QPR and make sure as a group we are ready for that one.”
Keith started work on the training pitch straight away with the players and time is short before that next game but it is a squad that knows what he expects from them and he is fully aware of what they are capable of.
“I know this group of players well and I am understand what they are good at and we’ve just got to remind them of that and be up for the fight in this game at Loftus Road because you can be sure QPR certainly will be and have a good record at home. This group have shown before how resilient they are and this is what is needed again straight away.”
Keith had a brief opportunity to catch up with Neil before training prior to the former manager making his departure from the Beckenham Training Ground.
“I saw Neil this morning and we had a good chat before he went, it’s a sad time and a very difficult one for all the staff because when he came in he kept us on as part of his backroom team. We are all disappointed but we have all got to move on quickly with this game coming up so soon."
Having been caretaker manager before Keith knows that it is a period of speculation and discussions before a decision is made about the next permenant appointment, he is expecting it to be no different this time.
“What happens next is the Chairman’s decision obviously and I am sure I will be having a chat with him later but for now we just need the dust to settle a little bit and concentrate on our next challenge and after that we will see where he wants to take the club.
“As for now it is about winning games and this is what this club needs in the current situation and must be the priority for all of us as we look ahead.”