"It's the last thing we expected. We thought it was all going OK with the takeover and the gaffer would definitely be staying.
"We know we have not had the best of results but I think everyone can see it is promising. There's a great team spirit, but we are wondering what will happen. The worry is that this could affect us on the field. We can't really do much about it, so we will just have to get on with things as best we can.
"I suppose you have to accept that things like this happen, but it has all come out of the blue. I'll be sad to see the manager go. He brought me here and he's shown faith in me in the Premier League. I'll always be grateful for that."