Millen gets on with the task of preparing Palace to face Hull

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THE caretaker manager of Hull City’s weekend opponents has admitted to being in the dark still over the club’s plans for a permanent appointment.

Keith Millen, who took temporary charge of Crystal Palace on October 23, undertook yesterday’s scheduled media duties ahead of the visit to the KC Stadium while the London club continue to mull over who should succeed Ian Holloway.

Tony Pulis remains the favourite after holding talks with the Palace board over recent days.

But Millen said: “We are none the wiser and we are just going to get on with the work. I spoke to the chairman (Steve Parish) on Tuesday and the chief executive (Phil Alexander, yesterday morning).

“As far as I know, they are in discussions. I don’t know who with. I was told to take training and prepare for Hull on Saturday.

“It has been like that for four weeks now. I know there are talks going on. How far down the line they are, I don’t know.

“It is not easy with all this speculation (but) it is a massive game for us and we have got to try to stay focused for that.”

Millen believes former Stoke manager Pulis has the credentials required to do well at Palace, who are three points adrift at the foot of the Premier League table.

He said: “Tony is an experienced manager at this level. He has been successful in the Premier League. We do probably need some experience around the place, because the Premier League is new to a lot of us.

“Someone with Premier League experience, who knows how to win football matches at this level, will hopefully be a big help to the club and to the players.”

Hull expect Allan McGregor, Robert Koren and Robbie Brady all to be fit for tomorrow’s match with Palace.

But the Tigers will have to do without Stephen Quinn, who is expected to be out for up to five weeks with a hamstring injury.

Manager Steve Bruce said: “The international break has done us a bit of favour on the injury front, which is pleasing.

“We are coming into a crunch period with nine games in the next six weeks – having played just 11 times in three months.”

Tigers’ striker Aaron Mclean has joined Birmingham on an emergency loan deal.