Frank De Boer Drags Palace Players Into A Pointed Dig At CPFC’s Board

0 Posted by - February 8, 2018 - News

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?

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  • t.carter February 8, 2018 - 9:00 am Reply

    for me getting rid of de-boer,was one of only 2 decisions,corporate parrish has got right this season.never mind 4 games,he should have been sacked after the debacle against huddersfield.some people just don,t own up to their was useless.his signings useless.thakfully we have roy.and if we stay up,this will mostly be down to makes u wonder how we have got out of the bottom 3,with a lazy,arrogant centre-forward.most matches,the ballboy has a better game.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 8, 2018 - 11:12 am Reply

      I think TFM and Riedewald have both done okay when played in the right position and RLC was brilliant before injury especially given both FDB and Roy played him out wide.

  • Mike Lyon February 8, 2018 - 10:06 am Reply

    FDB was given virtually no signings at all, just two loans (generally considering a success) and Riedewald, who is young but has done OK. Sakho wasn’t a FDB signing. We started the season short of strikers and goalkeepers, Benteke’s form has been woeful all season, Lukas and PVA started poorly, and Puncheon should never have been captain (whose pick was that, Roy didn’t pick him at all when he came in) FDB started the season without Wickham, Sakho, Sako or a fully fit Cabyae and MacArthur, then lost Zaha after one game, then Tomkin. Huddersfield home was poor, but we seem to lose every opening game. We just lost to Liverpool and three mistakes cost us against Swansea and Burnley. Our players finishing in this games was poor, look at the shot count, Huddersfield, we had 14 shots to their 9, Swansea 15 to their 7, Burnley 23 to their 4! FDB was brought in to change the way we play and bring on the youngsters, which he had to do because of a shortage of players, since RH has come in the youth policy has disappeared. Appointing FDB may have been risky, but he was hardly helped by the Board, players form and injuries

    • admin February 8, 2018 - 10:09 am Reply

      All very logical points there, Mike. I’ll be honest, my biggest gripe with the quotes referenced here relates to his decision to group the squad in with his frustration.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 8, 2018 - 11:20 am Reply

      Agree with this, how can you change the style of play without re-vamping the squad? Board have constantly flipflopped with different styles of management. Holloway, Pards and FDB in the gung-ho category and Roy, Sam, Pulis, and Dougie in the couterattack camp.

      Both styles can work if you have the players and our group is suited to the latter. Most vanity projects require capital injections and Parrish doesnt want to do that so the whole thing was an expensive waste of time.

      • admin February 8, 2018 - 11:49 am Reply

        Agreed here, the decision to bring in FDB (without setting aside an appropriate sum for him to adapt the squad) was foolish and has rightly been criticised since.

  • t.carter February 8, 2018 - 10:38 am Reply

    your point,s are well founded mike.but again i state how many chances has benteke spurned.yes,i know he,s not alone.but no proven goalscorer.i agree,last 3 years signings have been poor.but as i keep saying.parish has been appauling in the transfer windows.luckily we have roy to steady the ship,for now.but what has in july if we stay up.we all knbow we need at least 4-5 good quality newcomers.we just haven,t got the space to try the young-uns out.every year we are fighting to stay up.this must change,before it,s too late.

  • Eric The Ninja February 8, 2018 - 2:22 pm Reply

    FDB has been a very unlucky man in his last two jobs, as Mike and Jose rightly say. He’ll do well as a manager again one day.
    I worry about how long Roy will stay. We need a long term plan for the future, having Roy groom a younger manager to take his place one day would be ideal. Maybe Freedman or someone FDB-like (obviously that bridge is burned now) could come in over this or next summer for Roy to work with. He’s working miracles, getting results with so many injuries, similar to Pulis and Allardyce did. Except unlike those two, he’s an honest man with a connection to the club and area and he’s a man I’m proud to call our manager,

    • admin February 8, 2018 - 3:36 pm Reply

      I wouldn’t rule out Paddy McCarthy being groomed for it between now and the start of the 2019/20 season.

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 8, 2018 - 4:09 pm Reply

        The way Lars Lagerback mentored the Iceland manager at Euro 2016 coudl work well here. Develop a real style of play and culture at the club that a new man can take over. Paddy could be the perfect option, doing well with U18s, ruined his body to keep the club up and has a lot of love from fans and board alike.

        • admin February 8, 2018 - 4:46 pm Reply

          Also, for those who are peeved at the lack of chances afforded to kids of late, he’d have the perfect insight into who could make the step up.

  • Pete Burch February 8, 2018 - 3:04 pm Reply

    Although Roy is old (a relative expression, but ‘of retirement age’ is a fact), he’s a Palace supporter. Can’t see him taking a different job as long as he’s still enjoying it.

    Managers seem to lose enthusiasm in working for us after summer transfer windows. I don’t know why but just sayin’. The winter window just gone wasn’t a total disaster so maybe things are on the up. I hope Roy will want to do more with us than just be happy with a survival (like Sam was) and that he’d want to actually see us moving forwards (and upwards). Let’s all hope so anyway, our performances and results with a decimated squad have been amazing under Roy. Saint Roy in my book.

    • admin February 8, 2018 - 3:38 pm Reply

      If he keeps us up, I pray he sees out another full campaign before leaving with everyone’s blessing in the summer of 2019 (if he wants to go then that is).

  • Yourspellingisshite February 9, 2018 - 5:07 pm Reply

    Worst football manager ever to furnish the premiership absolutely no understanding of what is required of a prem player also no idea of the difference between his u23 team and first team ( he actually thought some u23 players were better then seasoned first team ) as for playing luka at cb and dropping Townsend from rwb for the first game after playing him there in every preseason game ridiculous as for his lack of knowledge re how 433 operates even though he played in the same system if just hilarious , I’m not the firs5 to say this I’m sure aren’t I hltco

  • Yourspellingisshite February 9, 2018 - 5:09 pm Reply

    As for his views on how to coach in 343 or even play that just forget it

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