Sep 11, 2017
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How Twitter reacted to Crystal Palace sacking Frank de Boer

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Frank de Boer has been sacked as Crystal Palace manager after only four games in charge. They find themselves in the bottom three and are the only team in the entire football league to not score a league goal this season. Although that is a worrying statistic, every team is going to have a bad four matches at some point during the season. After stating their desire to change the style of football at the club, this decision produces more questions than answers and they look to be a club in crisis.

The Dutchman arrived in England with a damaged reputation after a disastrous spell at Inter Milan. This will further hurt his career as he becomes the manager with the shortest reign in Premier League history. He beats Les Reed’s record who managed seven games as Charlton Athletic manager. Palace’s decision to sack De Boer underlines the instant gratification that has engulfed football. The board had the ambition to oversee a change in style, but they didn’t have the patience to see it through.

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It has been rumoured that the Dutchman was close to the exit door. However, he has the right to feel hard done by after yesterday’s performance against Burnley. Palace were the better team and would have won that game nine times out of ten. They were undone by an individual mistake and missed a whole host of clear-cut chances to get back into the game.

The BBC report that Roy Hodgson is the manager expected to replace De Boer at Selhurst Park. The former England manager has been out of club management since 2012 and the game has moved on a lot since then. This appears to be as big a risk as the decision to appoint De Boer, but for different reasons. The 70-year-old has a lot of experience, but he failed with the national team. There is no guarantee that he will fare any better than the man they just dismissed.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

Even Crystal Palace fans thought he deserved more time:

They weren’t too enthused by the suggestions Hodgson would be the replacement:

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.