Did CPFC Really Think FdB’s Appointment Through? Evidently Not

0 Posted by - September 4, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

For better or worse, Crystal Palace FC have become synonymous with a certain style of football over the last 10-20 years and whilst no one in the mainstream media was particularly desperate to pour scorn on that tactical choice, the club’s voluntary decision to bring about a complete sea-change with the appointment of Dutch legend Frank de Boer did raise a few eyebrows.

In this fantastic piece from The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg, we get his take on why the transition from the Palace of old (Pulis, Pardew and Big Sam) was never going to adapt suitably to the tactical preferences of a man brought up by some of the most famous characters in Dutch football’s glorious past.

Yes, Frank has only been in charge for three league games but the above piece isn’t a simple hatchet job demanding that he’s removed from his post before any more damage is done; instead it’s an examination of the curious resistance that exists towards the continental route of appointing a Director of Football to help with team affairs.

Quite rightly, Steinberg draws parallels to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger who, despite being held up by most as one of the great innovators in English football’s Premier League era, is known to be dead set against the idea of another set of eyes and ears coming on board to give him a helping hand with things away from the training ground.

Of course, the intentions of Steve Parish and his fellow American investors were pure when they first decided to give the job to Frank de Boer but in the weeks that have followed, genuine questions have been raised as to our readiness to cope with such a drastic departure from what is considered the norm in SE25.

The former Ajax boss is thought to be on extremely thin ice as things stand, with one or two journalists even suggesting that he won’t still be in charge by the time we take on Burnley this Sunday. As experiments go, this one currently has all the hallmarks of a disaster but you won’t find many Palace fans placing 100% of the blame at the manager’s door.

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7 Comments

  • Marty September 4, 2017 - 8:10 am Reply

    The players have to take blame too. They’re pros we’re paying millions to, to do a job. Puncheon needs to be dropped for me , RLC central and so glad Cabaye stayed, he makes a huge difference to our midfield

    • admin September 4, 2017 - 8:17 am Reply

      Agreed there Marty. There’s blame to be apportioned in a number of places.

  • Tony September 4, 2017 - 9:07 am Reply

    The question is do we want to watch long ball, gritty defence or a more stylish game long term? FdB is not going to change Palace over night and we will need to realise Dann, Damo and Ward’s days are numbered. We got 2 good loans one of whom would make a great right wing back. Jairo and Soldier will form the core of the defence with Tompkins, Dann and Damo filling in as needed till we can get a third solid defender who is calm on the ball. Still need a goalkeeper and another striker (probably 2) but FdB has done well in the past bringing through youngsters. That to me is the key for our future, do we want to be Stoke/WBA or more Everton/Bournemouth? depending on the answer you have FdB is either a good choice or a nightmare…. but judging a man changing the whole ethos of the club after 3 games is a crazy. Let’s see how the team does when Wilf is fit and we have a more solid back line.

    • admin September 4, 2017 - 9:11 am Reply

      I fully agree with you Tony but given the lack of money available at the start of the window, it feels as though the club went into what needed to be a total tactical revolution (albeit a gradual one) in a halfhearted manner.

      • Tony September 4, 2017 - 5:34 pm Reply

        Big Mal took us down twice but was still seen as something the club needed. We haven’t been able to go total revolution on day one but if we want a better style of football we need time to change. FdB may not make it but sacking him now feels like Premiership fan mentality. We love our club and want it to get better and grow…. lets get behind the boys and cheer them on. Supporter for 46 years so seen many ups and downs.

  • Sharpy September 4, 2017 - 1:33 pm Reply

    Tony I was beginning to think I was the only one with that view on things. Let’s get behind the team and give them a chance. A good piece on sky today, we created more chances and had a high goal prediction than both teams in our home games and Benteke should have put us 1 up at Liverpool but didn’t, is that the managers fault !

    • Tony September 4, 2017 - 5:39 pm Reply

      The team will get it eventually. We just need to allow them to get their heads round a new style. Hopefully with a fully fit defence we will see Fosu-Mensah as the right wing back, I am just not sure Ward is up to it.

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