Were Crystal Palace right to sack Frank de Boer?


Crystal Palace made the decision to sack Frank de Boer after only 77 days in charge of the South East London club.

The former Dutch star was given only four Premier League games in charge – the shortest reign of any top flight manager since the league was rebranded in 1992.

De Boer lost all four of those games without seeing his side score a single goal.  He now holds the Premier League record for most games in charge without picking up a single point.

The former-Ajax and Internazionale manager is expected to be replaced by Roy Hodgson.  Should this be confirmed, the-former England manager has the opportunity to become only the third manager in Premier League history to take charge of a game beyond the age of 70 – after Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Robson.

Should Crystal Palace lose at home to Southampton without scoring a goal on Saturday it would be a new Premier League record low.

19-year-old loanee defender from Manchester United, Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been the best player for the Eagles so far this season, whilst their star over the past few seasons, Wilfried Zaha, has been sidelined through injury since playing in their season opener.

Speaking to AskFans, Pat Nevin said Palace were right to make this decision:

“Having been a chief exectuve myself, I seeit from the other position.

If you’re a chief executive and you know it’s not working, why leave it? You have to make the right decision. It’s sometimes going to be a tough decision, but in de Boer’s case it was quite clear that the experiment that they had tried was not gonna work within a year.

It was something that was either going to take a lot longer or a lot more money and a lot of change in personnel on top of that.”

Where Frank de Boer goes from here remains to be seen.  His CV from his playing days remains top notch having played for both a successful Ajax and Barcelona side and collecting 112 caps for the Dutch national team.

He would surely be welcomed back with open arms in his home nation where he won the Dutch Eredivisie title four times in five seasons as Ajax manager between 2010-15.

However, having once been linked to the Barcelona job, he has since failed badly at both Internazionale and Crystal Palace which will now surely put off the majority of teams in the top division in taking a chance of him.  He may need to return to his home country to prove himself again.

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