Official: Frank De Boer Sacked As Crystal Palace Manager Just Four Games Into His Football Revolution

Chris Wright

11th, September 2017


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.

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.

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.

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  1. Beano says:

    Normally I’d say it’s too soon into this rebuild to fire de Boer, but it’s not like he did much to improve that squad from last year. He bought Sakho. That’s pretty much it

  2. Bruno says:

    He was never going to work anyway. Palace is a small club with average players, they can’t hire a manager who wants to play like Barcelona. They should be managed by some sort of Tony Pulis.
    I think Roy Hodgson woud be OK for Palace. Better than De Boer anyway.

  3. Archer says:

    Not a surprise at all – just like Gary Neville, it seems De Boer is not cut out to be a manager. The only real surprise is that he was given the job in the first place.

    Sometimes you just know it ain’t gonna work – this was another ‘Bob Bradley-type appointment’ from day 1.

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