Crystal Palace player-coach Kevin Phillips feels the next manager should have experience in the Championship.

Phillips, who fancies a move into management after this, his final season as a player, has worked as Keith Millen's assistant since Holloway left. But he says that the past two weeks at the club's Beckenham training HQ have been difficult.

"Keith has done an excellent job of making sure spirits stay high, but it doesn't help being between managers," he told the Daily Express. "We hear the rumours about who might come in, but we don't know any different to the supporters. If the new manager has Premier League experience, then great, but it is quite an art getting out of the Championship. You need to know that league too.

"I know it sounds that I'm talking as though Palace have already been relegated. But the club does have to look at the bigger picture.

"The more I think about it the more I wonder whether maybe you need someone with the experience of both the Premier and Championship. But I'm sure that the chairman knows just what he needs to do."

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