Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer sacked after four EPL games

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer lasted just 77 days in the job.
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Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer lasted just 77 days in the job.

Crystal Palace have sacked new manager Frank de Boer four games into the Premier League season after the club suffered the worst start to an English top flight season for nearly 100 years.

Former Ajax boss De Boer, 47, only took charge 10 weeks ago and lost his first four league games in charge.

The club confirmed de Boer's departure in a brief statement.

"Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer," it said.

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"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."

De Boer's reign is the shortest in the Premier League era.

Monday's 1-0 defeat at Burnley where Palace, where All Whites striker Chris Wood scored the winner, left them joint bottom of the table having failed to register a goal.

The last English top flight club to lose their first four games without finding the net was Preston North End in 1924.

De Boer, who replaced Sam Allardyce, presided over home defeats by newly- promoted Huddersfield Town (0-3) and Swansea City (0-2) and away losses to Liverpool (0-1) and Burnley.

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His only victory came in the League Cup against second-tier Ipswich Town.

Media reports said former England manager Roy Hodgson was in line to replace De Boer at Selhurst Park.

It would be Hodgson's first job in management since resigning from the England post after Euro 2016.

The 70-year-old was also approached when Allardyce was appointed to succeed Alan Pardew last December, and, after a significant break from football, now looks set to return to oversee this weekend's home match with Southampton.

Allardyce, who quit his Selhurst Park post in May, revealed on Monday evening that he had had a conversation with Eagles chairman Steve Parish regarding the vacancy.

"I spoke to Steve late this afternoon and said, for me, I wouldn't be ready to come back," Allardyce said.

"I wouldn't be comfortable at this moment in time taking a position as a football manager. I'm enjoying my life too much at this moment, watching everyone else have the weight of pressure, and there's certainly huge pressure as we've seen with Frank going so early.

"He didn't offer me the job but he asked, 'What are your thoughts?' It was a clever question. I said, 'If you were to offer me the job at this moment in time, I wouldn't want to go back'."

Hodgson last worked in the Premier League with West Brom in 2012, before leaving to become England manager. A year earlier he had inspired them, as he did with Fulham in 2007/08, to secure top-flight survival.

Between his time at Fulham and West Brom, Hodgson also had an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool that lasted only six months.

 - AAP

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