It’s taken a few weeks but Frank de Boer’s brother Ronald has finally given his views on the Dutchman’s sacking by Crystal Palace and he certainly hasn’t held back.
Having taken over during the summer, the former Ajax coach had overseen just four Premier League fixtures when the Palace board decided to give him the boot, a decision which now, after another three games without a single point or goal to our names, could easily be looked upon as a tad foolish
The comments given by Ronald really are direct, pulling no punches when describing the decisions made by Steve Parish and co. as “ridiculous”. Given the shift in style Frank was attempting to implement, the quick-fire manner of his dismissal has drawn hoots of derision from across the game, with Ronald himself happily leading the charge as part of the sporting media.
Admittedly, our performances against Huddersfield and Swansea at Selhurst Park were utterly dreadful but when travelling to both Liverpool and Burnley, there were signs of genuine progress being made tactically. Indeed, the latter of those two fixtures saw us play the Clarets off the park, only to fall to an underserved 1-0 defeat as a consequence of an inexplicable error from Lee Chung-Yong.
In the weeks following his departure we have continued to struggle, with the arrival of Roy Hodgson once again spinning the tactical dial for a group of players who have now three permanent managers since they last scored a Premier League goal. The “back to basics” approach of the former England boss may well click once the daunting prospect of a home tie against Chelsea has been and gone but it’s impossible to escape the sense of embarrassment following the club in the fallout to the failed experiment with De Boer.
If you thought he and his brother were intent on maintaining a good relationship with the Palace top brass, think again.
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