Roy Hodgson favourite to replace Frank de Boer at Crystal Palaceby Jack Kitson / 06 September 2017, 17:49Tweet
Frank de Boer may have only been in charge of Crystal Palace for three Premier League games, but bookmakers Paddy Power have wasted no time in opening up a next manager market at Selhurst Park.
Veteran boss Roy Hodgson, who was linked with the club in the summer, has been installed as the 7/4 favourite to return to management a year after losing his job with England.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is next up in the betting, followed by Wales manager Chris Coleman, and then former Palace gaffer Sam Allarydce - who only left the club in May.
After a month of umming and ahhing Palace opted for De Boer as Big Sam’s successor in the Eagles dugout in June - just under eight months after his embarrassing 85 day spell at Inter Milan came to an end.
De Boer planned to inject a fresh dosage of ideas, implement a new playing style, and in turn propel Palace to a top-half Premier League finish for only the second time in their history.
But, while it’s only early days, he’s already been lambasted after a pointless start to the season in which Palace have been hammered at home to new boys Huddersfield, defeated at Anfield by Liverpool, then booed off the pitch in another home loss, this time to Swansea.
His 19th placed troops are yet to find the back of the net, while the only (minor) plus has been a 2-1 victory over Championship side Ipswich in the League Cup.
De Boer’s future has been the subject of debate throughout the international break, and there were even reports that he could lose his job before Sunday’s clash at Burnley after Palace themselves added fuel to the fire after they rescheduled the Dutchman’s press conference from Thursday to Friday.
However, while he looks to be safe right now, a fourth consecutive defeat this weekend would pile even more pressure on De Boer’s shoulders, and subsequently see him suffer the ignominy of becoming the first top-flight victim of the 2017/18 season.