AS Tony Pulis quit his job on the eve of the new Premier League season, Dougie Freedman’s sympathy was reserved for the supporters of his former club Crystal Palace.

Just 48 hours before the Eagles kick-off their campaign against Arsenal this evening, Pulis walked out on the club in what is believed to be a dispute over transfer policy with the board.

Freedman – whose relationship with the Palace hierarchy also had its highs and lows in his time in charge at Selhurst Park – admitted the timing of the decision would have been a big blow to the fans.

“Nothing surprises me in football,” he said. “I’m disappointed because a manager has lost his job.

“I know Tony very well. It only happened last night and I don’t know the ins and outs, so it would be unfair to comment too much or take sides.

“Crystal Palace fans were always very good to me and I’m sure they’ll be the ones who are hurting right now.”