They’ve done it, they’ve actually gone and done it. Crystal Palace have sacked Frank de Boer just four league matches into the Dutchman’s tenure at Selhurst Park.
With the team winless and goalless so far this season, chairman Steve Parish has given the order to fire the very man he brought in to completely overhaul and revitalise Palace’s footballing philosophy.
CPFC have parted company with Frank de Boer.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 11, 2017
De Boer has therefore set a new record for the shortest ‘permanent’ managerial stint in Premier League history, beating Les Reed’s seven-game horror show at Charlton Athletic in 2006/07.
All this, and they really didn’t play badly against Burnley. A little more luck/inspiration and they’d have been off the mark.
We are 4 games in, it’s a terrible start but we have to stick together. https://t.co/A8Zu5APcjg
— Steve Parish (@CEO4TAG) September 10, 2017
Yeah? How did that pan out for you, Steve?
Parish interviewed 37 candidates to succeed Sam Allardyce, eventually whittling out De Boer as the man he felt capable of moulding the Eagles in his own image.
Call us old-fashioned, but 77 days doesn’t seem like an awfully long time to instil an entirely new and exciting playing style at any given football club.
Still, Roy Hodgson is being widely touted as De Boer’s immediate successor, so it’ll be a grand return to standard practice and 14th place in the league sooner than you know.