De Boer Fired from Crystal Palace
Frank de Boer has been sacked as Crystal Palace manager after just 77 days in charge.
Overseeing just four matches, the 47-year-old Dutch football legend has become the fastest manager casualty in Premier League history.
Crystal Palace have lost all their games so far this season, without scoring a single goal – making it the worst start to an English league since 1924.
In a statement posted on their website, Crystal Palace said, “Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer. We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the [c]lub.”
According to reports, owner and chairman of the club, Steve Parish, has been considering sacking de Boer for two weeks. De Boer was called into a meeting with Parish and sporting director, Dougie Freedman, on 28 August, after the Eagles’ humiliating defeat by Swansea.
Shortly after the meeting, Parish began looking for a replacement.
The Guardian reported that the Crystal Palace board felt de Boer was making naive tactical decisions, and were upset by his lack of clarity regarding training and team selection. De Boer, on the other hand, felt hindered by a restricted pre-season schedule and a lack of leeway to make transfers.
The Eagles have already lined up his replacement, former England manager Roy Hodgson, who has signed a two-year-contract.
De Boer has not had great staying power as a manager, lasting just 85 days at Inter Milan last year.
Only two other managers have had shorter reigns than 77 days: Rene Meulensteen, who spent 75 days at Fulham in 2013, and Les Reed, who spent 40 days at Charlton in 2006.
Public opinion among fans on social media appears to be strongly in de Boer’s favour, with many viewing his exit as unfair.
One fan, Danny Hussain, posted on Twitter: “Frank de Boer being sacked is a disgrace. Can’t change a whole club’s ethos after just four games. Ridiculous.”
De Boer spent most of his professional playing career with Ajax, winning five Eredivisie titles, two KNVB Cups, one UEFA Cup, and one UEFA Champions League.