The first two Premier League games of Frank de Boer’s tenure as Crystal Palace manager have both ended in defeat, leading plenty of fans to question whether he is the right man for the job. The video attached below does a fantastic job of explaining exactly where things have been going wrong.
Whilst it’s always easy for fans to write off a foreign manager as simply being unsuitable to the Premier League, the clip attached just above does a fantastic job of explaining the subtle issues which are creating huge hurdles for the Dutchman in the early stages of his time in SE25. As is often the case with best analysis of the game, you’ll likely find yourself nodding along with every part of the explanations, before hoping that Frank himself is pointed towards the video’s existence before the arrival of Swansea at Selhurst Park this weekend.
Although I am the first person to admit that there are plenty of teething problems to deal with under the stewardship of the former Ajax man, I’m a long way from being prepared to throw the towel in just yet. In essence, his understanding of the game, respect amongst the squad and desire to succeed should all point towards him making a success of things in south London but as the above video demonstrates, he’ll need to tweak a fair few things tactically before he can expect positive results to start rolling in on a regular basis.
It’s been a tricky few months for Palace fans; most of whom are keen to see the team grow stylistically but remain worried about our survival prospects on the basis of what they’ve seen so far this term.
The battle between pride and pragmatism is one which Frank de Boer needs to win before the walls start to close in around him. Let’s hope we see something positive from him and his players against Paul Clement’s side this weekend.