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Crystal Palace sack Frank de Boer after five games, line up former England boss Roy Hodgson Featured

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Monday, 11 September 2017 13:25

Crystal Palace have sacked Frank de Boer after five games in charge, with Roy Hodgson reportedly being lined up to take the role.

After four defeats and no goals scored in the Premier League – and despite a 2-1 victory over Ipswich in the EFL Cup – Palace have called time on De Boer’s tenure, which lasted just 77 days and comes after his 85-day reign at Inter Milan last season.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley – which saw Palace record 23 shots and enjoy 65% of possession – proved to be the final straw for the Dutchman.

"We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the club," read a statement on the club's website.

"A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future."
Former England manager Hodgson appears set to named as De Boer’s replacement, with Sky Sports News claiming the 70-year-old will take charge in the next 24 hours.

Hodgson has not been in management since England’s embarrassing Euro 2016 exit to Iceland in the last 16.
The news comes just one day after Palace chairman tweeted, ‘We have to stick together’, after their defeat at Turf Moor.
Manager Club Days
Les Reed Charlton Athletic 40
Rene Meulensteen Fulham 75
Frank de Boer Crystal Palace 77
Bob Bradley Swansea City 84
Terry Connor Wolverhampton Wanderers 91
Colin Todd Derby County 98
Manager Club Games
Frank de Boer Crystal Palace 4
Les Reed Charlton Athletic 7
Bob Bradley Swansea City 11
Jacques Santini Tottenham Hotspur 11
Sammy Lee Bolton Wanderers 11
Stats courtesy of Opta


De Boer had been drafted in as Palace looked to adopt a new style following 18 months of Sam Allardyce football.

The speedy sacking of De Boer, and imminent appointment of Hodgson, looks as though Palace are reverting to type.
"We need an evolution over a period of time, I think we’ve got players who are technically better than that [old style] now but it’s also not a sustainable model."
Those were Parish’s words at De Boer’s unveiling. Four games into the Premier League season, the 47-year-old has the unwanted stat of owning the shortest reign in the league’s 25-year history, as far as games are concerned.

So much for evolution over time.

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