Frank de Boer's future at Crystal Palace hanging by a thread

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 10 September 2017, 15:37

Frank de Boer’s future is hanging by the most minuscule of threads after Crystal Palace sunk to a potentially job ending 1-0 defeat to Sean Dyche's Burnley, leaving the disillusioned Dutchman both pointless and goalless after four Premier League games at the helm.

We may only be four games into the new campaign but sadly de Boer is already in severe danger of becoming the first top-flight casualty of the season, and if this does prove to be the case, his name will be cemented in the history books for an unwanted reason - it will be the shortest tenure of any permanent manager in the history of the Premier League.

That unfortunate status is currently held by Les Reed who oversaw just seven matches during an ill-fated spell as Charlton boss during the 2006/07 season.

However, while there's no doubt that on paper it looks like De Boer's troops have had a shocker, against Burnley they had 65% of possession and a staggering 23 shots to Burnley's four, while the goal they conceded was a shocking error. But, this is a results driven business, and De Boer is the red-hot favourite for the sack.

Palace were left stunned at the end of last season when Sam Allardyce decided to draw the curtains on his managerial career. After a month of deliberation, the Eagles decided to hand De Boer the job, but the club’s hierarchy could now have an egg firmly planted in their face following a rotten start to the season, in which De Doer’s troops have failed to take to his philosophy, leaving the struggling club 19th in the table.

It’s the first time Palace have ever failed to find the back of the net in their opening four games of the Premier League following blanks against Huddersfield, Liverpool, Swansea, and now Burnley.

A decision on De Boer’s future is now likely to be made this week ahead of a daunting run of fixtures against Southampton, both Manchester clubs, and then Chelsea.

Roy Hodgson is the bookies favourite to replace him, ahead of Dyche, Manuel Pellegrini and Chris Wilder. Click here for the Next Crystal Palace Manager Market. And let's not forget former boss Big Sam!


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