Dougie has gone, it is time to move on says Eagles skipper

Captain by a Mile: Jedinak buries his first goal of the season in the 2-2 draw against Millwall, little did he know it would be Freedman’s last game in charge

Captain by a Mile: Jedinak buries his first goal of the season in the 2-2 draw against Millwall, little did he know it would be Freedman’s last game in charge

First published in Football Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak admitted he is sorry to see Dougie Freedman leave Selhurst Park, but says no one is bigger than the club and life has to go on.

It would seem that little has changed on the pitch since Freedman’s departure, with Saturday’s 2-1 win at Leicester City still rocking the Championship news wires.

Jedinak put in a man of the match performance at Leicester, although goals from Damien Delaney and Peter Ramage did the damage.

But all the players are waiting on who will take over the hot seat with Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming expected to join Freedman at the Reebok Stadium.

An official Palace source says the board has a shortlist of five people after a series of interviews and that it wants a new man in place by the visit of Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

Portsmouth’s Michael Appleton, MK Dons manager Karl Robinson, Blackpool’s Ian Holloway and Steve Coppell among the bookies favourites.

But it is busiess as usual for the players. Jedinak said: “On a personal note, it is always sad when someone leaves. But professionally speaking, a football club is a football club and it will remain that way whatever happens.

“I am sure Dougie never felt he was bigger than the club, because no one is. You never know what is going to happen in football, as players you just have to keep working hard.

“It can be difficult not knowing what is going to happen, but all the players are in the same boat, we all know as much as eachother, which is part of the reason we’re so strong.”

Meanwhile, Freedman has not ruled out raiding Palace for its best players.

He said at the weekend: “Not as we speak right now. We have got a fantastic group of players at Bolton and I don’t need to look anywhere other than my own training ground.

“I’ve left Palace with wonderful young players. They should stay at Palace  right now and keep doing what they’re doing.”

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