Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen admits it was difficult going into training without his friend and former boss Ian Holloway on Thursday morning.
Holloway left the struggling Eagles on Wednesday by mutual consent, leaving Millen in temporary charge of the side ahead of Saturday's visit of Arsenal.
Millen, who has formerly managed at Bristol City, took training with the Palace squad and said that Holloway had visited the players for a final time.
"It was difficult because Ian is a good friend of mine and he always will be and I love working with him," he said.
"Unfortunately I've been in this situation before and I know the day after it has happened it is almost a transitional period and you have to explain to the players what has happened.
"We had a meeting with the players and I explained to them what the chairman had told me and the reason for Ian leaving.
"Then Ian came in to the training ground and spoke to everyone and wished them all the best in the future.
"Everyone at the club is hurting because everyone enjoys working with him.
"Him and the chairman have made the decision for the right of the club and the players. Hopefully on Friday they will come in and I can get them lively and enjoying playing football."
Monday's 4-1 home defeat by Fulham left Palace with only one win from their first eight Premier League matches and Millen, who has ruled himself out of taking the job full-time, admits the players need to click sooner rather than later.
"We have got to get the group united better because if you haven't got the best players you need a good team spirit and get them working for each other," he said.
"There is enough quality in that squad to get enough points to stay up. It is a fresh start, I have got no personal issues with the lads.
"I have enjoyed working with them and I enjoyed working with them today, nothing has changed from my point of view.
"I want a reaction, the club need a reaction and I think the fans do too and we will be looking for that on Saturday."