De Boer Doesn’t Seem To Be Expecting The Sack This Week

0 Posted by - September 11, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

Given the mounting pressure being placed on Frank de Boer in recent days, it would have been incredibly easy for his players to have thrown the towel in as soon as Lee Chung-Yong’s desperately misguided back-pass fell at the feet of Chris Wood yesterday but to their credit, they continued fighting until the very last kick of the game.

Despite constant speculation over whether or not the club have made a bad decision in handing the reins to the former Ajax man, yesterday’s display gave the impression of a team who are still fighting tooth and nail for their manager, regardless of the endless chatter over his job security.

Having arrived in south London intent on playing 3-4-3, Frank should be applauded for changing us back to a more comfortable 4-3-3 formation against the Clarets yesterday, proving that, although he remains highly principled, he’s not the sort of man who will cut his nose off to spite his face in every conceivable scenario.

Without the services of Zaha, Sakho or Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the boys put in a performance worthy of two, three or possibly even four goals on the day, only to come away with yet another blank for all their efforts. Obviously, our current predicament is far from ideal but from my own personal perspective; sacking a manager after a display like that would simply make no sense.

Speaking after the game, De Boer himself was defiant; no doubt as a consequence of watching his players perform admirably in extremely testing conditions. Of course, each loss adds to the uncertainty surrounding his role in SE25 but with a home game against Southampton next up, it feels right to stick by him for at least one more game.

Sadly, the threat of relegation is already looming large, meaning that a negative result against the Saints would almost certainly signal the end of his time with us but yesterday, we saw genuine reasons for optimism and that should buoy both De Boer and his players throughout their training sessions in the build-up to that crunch clash.

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  • tzcar September 11, 2017 - 8:13 am Reply

    hopkin your in dreamland.WAKE UP.we were useless.powderpuff football,we would,nt have scored if we had played to intensity,no agression,no passion.puncheon, has there ever been a worse midfield player in the premiership.and what was chung doing in the first team.bad choices by de-boer.we need someone whose going to get into these player,s to fight for their lives.not pussy footing football.we,ve created 1 record what,s to bet 8 games no point,s cos it,s heading that way.

    • admin September 11, 2017 - 8:42 am Reply

      “We were useless”

      Shots 4-23
      Possession 35%-65%
      Pass success 63%-76%
      Corners: 3-13

      Two cleared off the line, point blank header missed, Benteke denied by Pope’s toe, their goal was gifted to them by an individual error.

      Frustrating? Yes. Profligate? Yes. I don’t see how you can say we were useless though, mate.

  • Pete Burch September 11, 2017 - 11:31 am Reply

    Okay. Some personal analysis:

    1) Chungy looked like he felt he SHOULD pass back. Probably a hangover from the recent De Boer indoctrination to play that way. Never seen him attempt that before. Still a clueless pass though.
    2) Continuing to play Punch just because he’s captain this year. Poor judgement.
    3) Once we’d returned to the more direct style at Burnley, the boys did show some good passing interplay in the attacking third of the pitch. Was that De Boer’s influence? If so, it deserved a bit more time.
    4) It all went wrong for Frank in pre-season. Playing Luka at right back one week and then Andros another week. What was all that about? Frank said that pre-season wasn’t long enough but he wasted most of it.
    5) INJURIES. Some of our important players always seem to be out injured. That’s just bad luck. No way Leicester would have won the title if either Vardy or Mahrez had been out for three months that season.
    6) Having finally chosen to abandon three (five) at the back and the team played much, much better, I’m genuinely surprised that he wasn’t given a bit more time. With Wilf, Ruben and Mamadou fit imagine how it could have been?
    7) We don’t know exactly what was going on behind the scenes. Did he lose the dressing room? Didn’t look like it at Burnley yesterday.
    8) Life goes on. But Roy? Really?
    9) I’ll be able to get seats more easily and cheaper in the Championship. But it’ll still be Palace I’m watching. I don’t think my support was any less intense when we were in the old third division in the 1960s.
    10) Frank will be laughing all the way to the bank anyway so no need to feel sorry for him.
    11) Did I say that life goes on? Enjoy the roller-coaster ride that is CPFC.

    • admin September 12, 2017 - 8:35 am Reply

      Pretty solid analysis there, Pete. In many ways and on so many levels, the FdB experiment was not something we as a club were prepared for.

      • Pete B September 12, 2017 - 9:56 am Reply

        Like you Hoppo, I’ve warmed to the concept of Roy over the past 24 hours. Good luck to us all. Still missing Sam after seeing him on TV last night though.

        • admin September 12, 2017 - 10:31 am Reply

          Sam would have been ideal but with him out of the picture, I’m inclined to feel that Roy is the only feasible (and potentially successful) option out there in the short-term.

  • Pete Burch September 11, 2017 - 11:35 am Reply

    Forgot to mention:

    5a) Not bringing in a striker in the transfer window. Maybe Frank’s hands were tied by Simon Jordan and everyone else wanting Sakho in so desperately?

    A year ago we had no decent left footed defenders. Now we have hundreds of the buggers but no secondary striker. Strange.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 11, 2017 - 3:42 pm Reply

    In light of our shambolic mismanagement i thought i would leave this here:

    Parish has got through 7 permanent managers since he took over in 2010 (8 including our next one). Since the Americans invested in 2015 we have had 3 (4 including next one). Ipswich town have had 15 managers in their entire history!

    Since the Americans invested – using 18th December 2015 as the date of purchase – i calculate we have played 64 league games. Our record in that time is W15, D10, L39. That is is a total of 55 points from an available 192.

    Our club has been in a bad place for a very long time and i think we are only just beginning to realise.

    • admin September 12, 2017 - 8:33 am Reply

      When you put it in those terms, it’s absolutely awful.

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