So, after just three Premier League games as Crystal Palace manager, it looks as though Frank de Boer will be relieved of his duties if he and the players fall to defeat against Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Turf Moor this Sunday.
According to this report from The Telegraph’s Matt Law, that’s the ultimatum that’s been given to the Dutchman by the Palace hierarchy, all of whom are thought to be alarmed by the team’s tepid style of play under the new gaffer.
Having seen him unsuccessfully impose a 3-4-3 formation on the squad in the opening weeks of the campaign, crisis talks between Frank and the board are believed to have centered around his planned tactical set-up ahead of the trip to Lancashire. Admittedly, club directors meddling in the manager’s favoured formation doesn’t make for particularly great reading but after a run of three games which has seen us fail to score even a single goal, I can empathise with their concern heading into this Sunday’s crunch clash.
With training schedules having been switched to accommodate a supposed defensive drilling from De Boer, his pre-match press conference will now take on Friday rather than today as was originally expected but given the pressure now surrounding the fixture, you can be sure that the questions posed to him are unlikely to be about anything other than his job security.
It is somewhat ironic that the axe may fall on the former Ajax surpemo following a defeat at the hands of Dyche; a man who was known to be extremely keen to take up the vacant hot-seat in SE25 over the summer. Back then, many felt as though “The Ginger Mourinho” as he is dubbed by the Clarets’ faithful, didn’t have a big enough reputation to merit consideration over the likes of De Boer.
It’s a funny old game.
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