Crystal Palace legend Geoff Thomas is urging his old club to avoid any "stop-gap" management appointment.

Thomas highlighted the importance of the need for a long-term view.

"I think if you appoint a stop-gap option until the summer now you miss one of the two windows of opportunity where you've got a chance to do something with the side," he told the Croydon Advertiser.

"I know [caretaker manager] Keith Millen personally and he really is a top guy, but I think if he was given the job then he would be worried about damaging his reputation. I think that's what a lot of people are worried about.

"I know a guy who if the job came up last year he would have been in the frame, but now a year later he's not flavour of the month. Football moves on very quickly."

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