Crystal Palace sack Frank de Boer after five games, line up former England boss Roy Hodgson
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.
De Boer took to his Instagram page to respond to the sacking. He said: "Very disappointed about the decision but never the less I want to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support. Good luck for the future."
Meanwhile, a statement on the club's website read: "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."
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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.
SHORTEST PREMIER LEAGUE REIGNS
|Les Reed||Charlton Athletic||40|
|Frank de Boer||Crystal Palace||77|
|Bob Bradley||Swansea City||84|
|Terry Connor||Wolverhampton Wanderers||91|
|Colin Todd||Derby County||98|
|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.