REPORT: Palace’s Board Give De Boer One Game To Save His Job

0 Posted by - September 7, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

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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11 Comments

  • Tony September 7, 2017 - 7:14 am Reply

    The board is being really short sighted if they take this approach, a manager coming in that can’t recruit till Xmas and lumbered with players he didn’t choose is not something I can see anyone wanting. So if Burnley beat us we go in for their manager? Parish choose FdB because he wanted us to play at the three at the back therefore I am suspicious about any plans to axe the manager this early in the season.

    • admin September 7, 2017 - 7:37 am Reply

      It seems such a strange time for the club. A total lack of stability.

  • Phil H September 7, 2017 - 7:37 am Reply

    The Board is incompetent in picking and retaining managers. We need to find a manager and then stick with him.

  • Richard C September 7, 2017 - 8:15 am Reply

    Not sure Dyche was or is really interested anyway. He may have interviewed with us solely to oil the wheels for a better contract deal with Burnley, which I believe he duly got.

    If FDB can stick with 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1 or 4-4-2 or any formation as long as it doesn’t involve wingbacks, until he has the staff on the books that he believes can do the job, then he might just cling onto his job. Otherwise we might as well get rid now because one more attempt at that style, a loss and no goals will surely spell the end.

    • admin September 7, 2017 - 8:48 am Reply

      Dyche 100% wanted the job and was desperate for it on numerous occasions previously.

  • Phil H September 7, 2017 - 9:48 am Reply

    Problem with the baord’s approach to this “Don’t lose at Burnley” otherwise you’re fired is that if the players don’t appreciate FDB’s man management skills, there is plenty of incentive to lose the Burnley game.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 7, 2017 - 10:33 am Reply

    Am i supporting Billericay FC? Why are the owners meddling with formations and transfers so much? Parish is in all the pictures these days, wouldn’t be surprised if he put himself in the dug out next!

    The board appointed FDB surely with the aim of playing this brand of football. Then after failing to back him financially they want a return to the old ways. Our attempts at passing football mimic is a bigger on-again off-again romance that Ross and Rachel from Freinds!

    I bet FDB is pretty miffed about everything as well, the three year deal may be the only reason he hasn’t resigned. No doubt paying him off will impact the finances for FFP a bit too. Talk of Benitez replacing him is nonsense. The ownership here is hardly green grass in comparison to Ashley. Just substitute money grabbing for ineptitude and the issues are the same.

    • admin September 7, 2017 - 11:19 am Reply

      I’m not sure where it all went so wrong, JFB.

  • Tony September 7, 2017 - 11:01 am Reply

    Said it before and will say it again…. parish wanted a more attractive football with 3 at the back. We either stick with FdB or go back to defend for our lives and hope to sneak a goal. Yeah we have to play that way against the big 6 but Bournemouth can play attractive football sure we can IF we stick with Frank we will get there… just not sure how quickly.

  • Ian September 7, 2017 - 11:22 am Reply

    It was weird that there was no quotes from De Boer after the Sakho signing,I wonder if the press will also bombard him as to whether he wanted him.

    • admin September 7, 2017 - 11:57 am Reply

      I thought that was a little odd too, Ian. It’s probably telling.

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