Crystal Palace Sack Frank De Boerby Jack Kitson / 11 September 2017, 11:42Tweet
Crystal Palace have sacked Frank de Boer after only four Premier League games, spanning a remarkably short 77 days, with Roy Hodgson reportedly handed a two-year deal to replace him at Selhurst Park.
The Dutchman subsequently becomes the first top-flight managerial casualty of the 2017/18 season, and now holds the record for the shortest tenure in Premier League history (four games), much to the relief of Les Reed who previously held that unwanted record (seven games).
On Sunday De Boer's Palace sunk to a 1-0 defeat at Burnley, as they became the first top-flight club since Preston (1923/24) to lose and fail to score in their opening four games.
De Boer will rightly feel hard done by, four games is absolutely no time at all to implement a new philosophy, but modern day football management is a savagely cut-throat business, which he has found out twice in the last year.
Last season De Boer lasted only 85 days at the helm of Italian giants Inter Milan, which he's remarkably now topped at Palace (77 days).
According to numerous reports it's the former England manager Hodgson who has been handed to job at Selhurst Park, 14 months after he left The Three Lions following their woeful performance at Euro 2016, where they were knocked out by minnows Iceland.
Hodgson has held 20 different positions in the managerial arena, including spells at Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham, West Brom, and Blackburn Rovers.
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