With the pressure on Frank de Boer’s shoulders appearing to grow with each and every passing day, Palace chairman Steve Parish has had his say on the Dutchman’s start and the general tone of his words is far from pretty.
This piece featured on Sky Sports’ website, sees our chairman openly discussing De Boer’s poor start and admitting, rather quickly, that “serious conversations” need to take place if we are to turn things round in plenty of time to avoid the looming threat of relegation.
Given the disappointing nature of the results Frank has managed so far, you can only assume that Steve’s words have been made public for calculated reasons rather than a simple case of him being caught off guard, it’s an official interview with a nationwide sports broadcaster after all.
Speculation has been swirling for a few days over the former Ajax man’s chances of clinging onto the role for our trip to take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley next Sunday and now, with his own chairman’s rather grim assessment of his start having made it into the public domain, you would expect the chatter to increase tenfold.
The rights and wrongs of Palace’s decision to appoint De Boer in the first place will no doubt be chewed over for months if not years to come but in the here and now, it feels as though the board have a major decision to make. Keep faith with the man you spent a month to find and let the chips fall where they may, or admit that you made a major error in giving him the job in the first place and make a change before things go any further south.
Whatever Steve and his fellow directors decide to do, they’re likely to be met with resistance from some. Quite where we go from here is anyone’s guess.
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