Frank de Boer has been sacked by Crystal Palace after only four Premier League matches in charge.
The club have acted after the Dutchman oversaw four top-flight defeats from the start of the season, making them the first team in England’s top division to do so without scoring since Preston 93 years ago.
Press Association Sport understands former England manager Roy Hodgson is the favourite to succeed De Boer.
A club statement read: “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 club. A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future.
“There will be no further comment at this time.”
This is pretty tough stuff from the Palace board.
4 games is savage by anyone’s standards.
I think to look at yesterday’s game in isolation may be to look in the wrong direction. Lee Chung-yong’s insane back pass (or whatever it was supposed to be) was ultimately down to the boy being in the team and this was a player whose selection had been questioned. De Boer had a similarly short stint at Inter Milan, who sacked him after only 85 days.
My thanks to Taff for this:
“It’s a terrible start but we have to stick together”
[Steve Parrish, yesterday]
De Boer was a manager Spurs had spoken to after AVB’s departure and if you recall the relative reverence he was shown this exercise shows us how things from overseas can be heavily romanticised for no good reason.