Shambles: Crystal Palace Show Frank The Door

Daniel Blazer
Daniel Blazer
Daniel Blazer
Managing Editor

Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish’s, definition of long-term might need looking into, after Frank de Boer was the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season, having been in charge for a total of four competitive games.

The final nail, in a very quickly built coffin, was hammered in by Lee Chung-Yong’s woeful attempt at a back-pass, which allowed Chris Wood to pretend that he’s going to be anything other than a flop for Burnley, for just a little bit longer.

If de Boer’s sacking seems harsh, that’s because it is; the manager is always the fall guy, the scapegoat, when the powers that be upstairs continually make errors.

The Eagles’ recruitment policy this summer has been, at best, poor, with the former Inter Milan manager being allowed two loan players, and to sign a 20-year-old defender and a £26million Mamadou Sakho – but that was basically Sam Allardyce’s deal.

Although the statistics paint a horrible picture for all those associated with Crystal Palace – first team in Premier League history to have no goals and no points after four games – it was hard to watch the 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor without feeling sorry for Frank de Boer.

A substitutes bench that offered nothing but last season’s top scorer for the U23s, and a situation that, with nine minutes left on the clock, and chasing the game, de Boer’s only real throw of the dice was to take off the defensive-minded, James McArthur, and replacing him with a versatile defender in Jaïro Riedewald.

Palace’s latest move is a long line of self-defeatist decisions, and a trend that doesn’t look like stopping any time soon with Roy Hodgson set to replace de Boer in the dugout.

That’s the same Roy Hodgson that brought Paul Konchesky to Liverpool and brought Iceland their greatest footballing moment.

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