English Premier League side Crystal Palace have parted company with manager Frank de Boer after only five games and 77 days in charge of the team.
The 112-times-capped Dutchman leaves Palace having lost all four league games without registering a single goal, the worst start of any English top-flight club in 93 years. The only victory of de Boer’s five game spell was a 2-1 EFL Cup success against Championship team Ipswich Town.
“I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support” – frank de boer
“Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer”, a club statement confirmed.
“We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the club”, it continued.
“[I am] very disappointed about the decision”, said de Boer on social media.
“Nevertheless I want to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support. Good luck in the future”, continued the former Ajax manager.
De Boer’s final game in charge was a 1-0 defeat away to Burnley in which his team registered 23 attempts on goal and wasted numerous guilt-edged opportunities to score. ‘The Eagles’ has two efforts cleared off the line while Christian Benteke was denied from close-range by substitute goalkeeper Nick Pope and Scott Dann headed wide from six-yards with the goal at his mercy in the dying seconds.
And following the match club chairperson Steve Parish took to social media to call for calm about the situation.
“We are four games in, it’s a terrible start but we have to stick together”, claimed Parish.
60.3 – Frank de boer’s managerial win percentage throughout six years with ajax
But only hours later de Boer was relieved of his duties, suggesting a rethink had taken place within the Palace boardroom about how the club moves forward.
De Boer was only appointed in June as a replacement for Sam Allardyce, with a seeming remit to overhaul the club’s playing style. However, after failing to pick up a point from his opening four league games, and with fixtures against Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea to come, de Boer was made the shortest reigning manager in Premier League history.
His brief reign at Crystal Palace follows a similarly short spell in charge of Inter Milan, where he was sacked in 2016 after only 85 days in charge.
De Boer’s managerial career got off to a flying start as he led boyhood club Ajax to four consecutive Eredivisie titles after taking over in December 2010, becoming the first manager to ever achieve the feat.
But after two ill-fated spells the former Barcelona defender faces a fight to restore his managerial reputation.
Former England manager Roy Hodgson is expected to be announced as de Boer’s successor. The 70-year-old, who enjoyed success with Palace’s London rivals Fulham earlier in his career, has been out of work since overseeing England’s shock Euro 2016 elimination to Iceland.