GERRY FRANCIS has expressed his disappointment at the departure of Tony Pulis, but has not made any commitment over his own future at Crystal Palace. Pulis left the Eagles by mutual consent last night (Thursday) after a reported clash with co-chairman Steve Parish over the club's transfer policy, with the Welshman said to be frustrated over a failure to land several summer targets. Assistant manager Keith Millen has been put in temporary charge of the Eagles for the Premier League season opener at Arsenal tomorrow (Saturday), with first team coach Ben Garner, technical coach Dave Kemp and coach Gerry Francis set to assist him at the Emirates Stadium. However, Francis has not committed himself to the club beyond the first match of the Premier League season. "I don't know what will happen," he said. "Dave Kemp and I will be there at the game tomorrow, but what happens from there remains to be seen at the moment." Meanwhile, Francis says that like everyone at the club, there is shock and disappointment at the timing of Pulis' departure on the eve of the new season, adding that it is the worst time for everyone concerned. "It is disappointing and it has come has a major shock to everyone," he said. "We have put a lot of work into the club and a lot of work into pre-season. "The players have been fantastic and the supporters have been great here at what is a great club and it is disappointing for everyone, but these things happen in football. "The players have to carry on and do their job professionally, which is what they will do."
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