Having remained fairly calm in the immediate aftermath of his sacking by Crystal Palace back in 2017, Dutchman Frank de Boer was pulling no punches about the club when talking to the Russian press earlier this week.
After being allowed to lick his wounds for a couple of months, it seems the Ajax legend is still incredibly angry about the circumstances that led to his dismissal from SE25, dragging the players into the conversation alongside him within the interview attached above.
Admittedly, Frank was given an eyebrow-raisingly short time to get things right at Selhurst Park and was forced to make do without the services of Wilfried Zaha after the first game of the campaign but I’m sure I’m not the only one who can remember how bad things looked for us at the time Steve Parish and his fellow directors pulled the trigger to let De Boer go.
For me, our abysmal display at home to Swansea put the writing on the wall for him in 10 foot block capitals, even if the performance away to Burnley shortly after was a dramatic improvement. Did the board go a little too early with their decision to sack him? Possibly but that said, their decision to bring in Roy Hodgson shortly after has dragged us from the very foot of the table to a position outside the bottom three, so I can’t place too much blame at their feet on that front.
Whilst Frank himself is entitled to air his own grievances, I do feel as though it’s poor form from him to drag the squad as a whole into what is basically a pointed dig at the Palace hierarchy. Whilst I’m sure our directors won’t lose any sleep over the sentiments he’s expressed, it seems a little petty to claim that the players were all gutted to see him leave whilst we remain in the midst of a relegation battle.
I dare say Frank had his fair share of allies but by the same token, there will have been a few who were quietly pleased to see him shown the door, that’s just the way of the world; all of which leads me to the conclusion that the former boss was searching for an impactful comment rather than one rooted solely in truth.
I wonder where he’ll pop up next?