Whilst transfer deadline day saw long-term Palace target Mamadou Sakho finally make his permanent switch to SE25, deals for Everton’s Oumar Niasse and Brondby goalkeeper Frederick Ronnow fell through at the last minute, raising yet more doubts over Frank de Boer’s future.
This piece from The Independent’s Ed Malyon summarises the days events, whilst giving the impression that, despite the Dutchman still being officially employed by the club, he may not actually stay long enough to take charge of our trip to face Burnley next weekend.
Although his appointment was met with a great deal of enthusiasm by the Palace faithful, the reality of a pointless three-game start to life in the Premier League has left plenty wondering whether or not Frank is indeed the right man to bring about an evolution in playing style at Selhurst Park.
In fairness to the former Ajax gaffer, there are more than a few supporters who blame the board for bringing in a manager known for a possession-based style of play and not backing him with the sort of signings necessary to make it work but as you can from the article referenced above, discussions are believed to have taken place between Parish and De Boer over the budgetary constraints prior to him signing on the dotted line.
Quite where this leaves us as things stand is anyone’s guess. Although Sakho’s arrival has created a tidal-wave of joy amongst our fans, it’s quite clear that the ex-Liverpool man was a long-standing club target and not one specifically earmarked by De Boer; a fact which points towards his lack of authority behind the scenes already.
No one wants to see a a manager lose his job after just three league fixtures, the mere thought of it seems ridiculous in principle but reading into Ed’s words above, I wouldn’t write off the possibility of a new man taking charge of the team at Turf Moor just yet.
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