77 days ago, Crystal Palace appointed Dutch legend Frank de Boer because they “needed an evolution over a period of time.”
They apparently had a shortlist of 37 candidates and eventually went for De Boer.
Today, after giving him just FOUR games in charge, the Eagles have fired their manager following the club’s 1-0 loss away at Burnley. De Boer lasted 85 days at Inter (his assignment prior to the Palace job) and now holds the unwanted record of being the shortest serving manager in Premier League history, and it is unlikely that record will be going away from him soon, with the next shortest reign being seven games.
Yesterday Palace chairman Steve Parish tweeted “Some sense! We are 4 games in, it’s a terrible start but we have to stick together” , but it seems that his definition of “we” didn’t include poor de Boer, whose managerial credentials have taken a hit after twin failures at the Nerazzurri and Selhurst Park
Palace only had one win under de Boer- a 2-1 over Ipswich in the Cup, with both goals scored by James McArthur. They lost all four of their league games under him, and failed to score even a single goal.
Here is a short video from Palace’s 1-0 loss at Turf Moor, de Boer’s last in charge of the club (courtesy Vimeo)