One of the most frustrating byproducts of Frank de Boer’s pointless start to life as Crystal Palace manager has been the publication of numerous daily articles speculating over his supposedly imminent sacking.
Yes, I’ll happily admit to having directed your attention to plenty of them over the last 10 days or so, (indeed, I did so yesterday) but now that the international break is drawing to a close, it seems only right to get behind Frank and the players ahead of this Sunday’s trip to Turf Moor, rather than reaching for a dagger with which to stab him.
Had Steve Parish and his fellow directors been desperate to shift the Dutchman from his post, they could have done so in the immediate aftermath of our humbling 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea but they didn’t. That in itself should point towards the assumption that they will be keeping faith with him ahead of our trip to Lancashire this weekend and regardless of any concerns I may have about set-up of the side heading into the clash with Sean Dyche and co. I am determined to back De Boer until the decision is taken out of my hands by those at the top of the Palace totem pole.
Whilst the first few articles regarding Frank’s job security provided a source of intrigue and conversation, it’s beginning to feel as though the press are churning them out at the drop of a hat, simply because they know them to be a sure-fire way of generating decent levels of web traffic with little to no new information being put forward.
The checkpoints which have led us here can be examined in as much or as little detail as you wish depending on personal preference but as things stand, it looks as though Frank de Boer will still be in the Palace dugout for this Sunday’s game. Quite what happens after the final whistle sounds is anyone’s guess but after more than 10 days of constant speculation over his future, I for one am keen to focus on other matters until another round of Premier League fixtures have drawn to a close; I dare say I’m not alone.
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