Without a point or even a goal to our name in the first three Premier League fixtures of Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace tenure, the Dutchman is thought to be willing to ditch his preferred 3-4-3 system in a bid to keep hold of the job a little longer.
According to this piece in The Independent, the Eagles gaffer has spoken frankly (excuse that dreadful pun) with Palace co-chairman Steve Parish and decided, after a woeful start to life on these shores, to adapt his style of play in the hope of putting some points on the board against Burnley at Turf Moor this Sunday.
Quite whether a manager should be taking tactical pointers from the club’s ownership is a question all of its own but after a run of three games which have offered little to nothing for the Palace faithful to feel cheerful about, I dare say he’s desperately groping around for anything that might enable him to avoid the embarrassment of losing a second consecutive job within 100 days of taking over.
In essence, the idea of Frank bringing Total Football to our corner of London sounds wonderful; there isn’t a Palace fan alive who wouldn’t want to see the boys playing with the sort of verve and tactical cohesion of the Dutch in their glory days but reality has proven to have no sepia tint for Frank. He may understand what it takes to play the sort of football we all dream of seeing but without players talented enough to implement his ideas, it was always likely to end in floods of tears.
I said on Twitter a week or so ago, that De Boer’s tactical choices so far this term, were the equivalent of attempting to run an Aston Martin on Sunflower Oil rather than petrol; now I’m just left hoping that he decides to switch back to the reliable family hatchback that he drove to the showroom in before it’s gone for good.
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