Crystal Palace tipped to sack De Boer

Gabe Morency

Friday, September 8, 2017 2:50 AM UTC

Friday, Sep. 8, 2017 2:50 AM UTC

Frank De Boer has become the odds-on favourite to become the first Premiership manager to leave his post this season after a dreadful start to the campaign. His Crystal Palace side have lost each of.
<p>Frank De Boer has become the odds-on favourite to become the first Premiership manager to leave his post this season after a dreadful start to the campaign. His Crystal Palace side have lost each of their first three games of the season and the club’s owners are getting twitchy. The Dutchman has only been in the job since this summer but already things are looking exceptionally bleak. Punters are backing him to walk the plank in the near future and the odds are dropping.</p><p>De Boer carved out a strong reputation as Ajax manager, winning four league titles in the Netherlands, and he was rewarded with a job at Italian giants Inter Milan. He was expected to recapture the magic of his playing days and lead the team to glory, but he fell woefully short. He signed a three-year contract with the club last summer but lasted just 85 days. Inter lost four games in a row and De Boer was relieved of his duties on November 1, 2016, with the club 12th in the table. He was criticised for his tactics and team selections, and Inter were resurgent upon his departure.</p><p>Crystal Palace offered him a chance of redemption this season, but the nightmare continues for one of the greatest players of his generation. Palace narrowly avoided relegation last season after Sam Allardyce was parachuted in to say the day. He made them scrappy and tough to break down and was rewarded with enough points to just about secure survival. De Boer has taken the same group of players and tried to turn them into the sort of team that plays attractive, free flowing football, with neat passing and plenty of possession. Thus far it has been a dismal failure.</p><p>Palace are 19th in the table with zero points from three games. The only team below them is West Ham, who have a worse goal difference. Still, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic – much maligned by fans – is 4/1 second favourite to be the first manager to be axed this season, while De Boer is now the 10/11 favourite with Stan James. That is a generous price when William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Sun Bets will only offer 1/2 and many other bookies have him at 4/7. The odds are plummeting and De Boer’s days look numbered.</p><p>The Palace hierarchy have apparently said that if he loses his next game, an away trip to Burnley, he will be sacked. That is worrying for De Boer because Burnley were sensational at home last season. They had the worst away record in the league but finished mid-table as their home form was brilliant. They beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Turf Moor last season and notched several impressive victories in front of their home fans.</p><p>Things are so desperate for De Boer that he is considering abandoning his hallmark three at the back system, which brought him huge criticism at Inter and has only led to defeats at Crystal Palace. The 3-0 reverse against Huddersfield in the opening game of the season was an absolute horror show, and it has been downhill from there.</p><p>West Ham do not play until Monday and when they do it is a home fixture against Huddersfield, which will give Bilic a great chance to get a first win of the season and earn himself some breathing room. Right now De Boer is looking in a far more precarious situation and backing him to be the first manager to leave his post could be a smart move ahead of this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures.</p>
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