Crystal Palace defender Jonathan Parr says fans should remember what Ian Holloway did for the club, and not necessarily what he does afterwards.
Eagles fans were up in arms on Twitter when former boss Holloway was unveiled as manager at London rivals Millwall on Monday.
Steve Brookstein wrote: “Good luck to Ian Holloway in his job. Top bloke. Deserves success. Shame it’s Millwall.”
Peter Fenwick tweeted: “I like him [Holloway] but when he goes to your rivals he’s now on the dark side for me.”
Holloway had left Palace in October stating he was tired of the game and that he would be a “Palace fan for life”.
However, the rivalry between Palace and Millwall is such that his appointment as boss at the Den has ruffled the Eagles feathers.
Parr, who missed Holloway's finest Palace hour at Wembley through injury, was philosophical about the news.
“That is how football goes sometimes, if a chance comes along that you think is right for you, you have to take it,” he said.
“Ian did a fantastic job here getting us into the Premier League, and we were sorry to see him leave.
“I understand some fans may not approve of his appointment at Millwall, but we should remember Ian for what he did for Crystal Palace, not what he does afterwards.”