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What’s next for Crystal Palace?

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Roy Hodgson is expected to take over at Selhurst Park after Crystal Palace fired coach Frank De Boer after just 77 days on the job.

It’s a second successive short managerial stint for De Boer, who was fired after 85 days at Inter Milan but won four Eredivisie titles at Ajax between 2010-16.

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Here’s how De Boer has responded to his dismissal, via Instagram, “Very disappointed about the decision but never the less I want to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support. Good luck for the future.”

Palace was blown out at home to open the PL season, a 3-0 loss to Huddersfield Town, losing star forward Wilfried Zaha for four weeks in the process.

The Eagles then lost 1-0 at Liverpool, 2-0 to Swansea, and finally 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday. De Boer did lead Palace to a 2-1 EFL Cup win over Ipswich Town.

It’s another short stint for Palace, too, which has seen a manager oversee more than 100 matches since Neil Warnock from 2007-10. Since then, the Eagles have had nine full-time managers.

Should Hodgson be hired in time for this weekend, he’ll face early and stiff tests in his tenure.

Palace’s next five fixtures
Saturday vs. Southampton
Sept. 19 vs. Huddersfield Town (EFL Cup)
Sept. 23 at Manchester City
Sept. 30 at Manchester United
Oct. 14 vs. Chelsea

So, yeah, this is going to be quite a task for the new manager’s Eagles, who will be refined in the fire.

That said, much like Sam Allardyce was able to lead Palace to safety with a January transfer window in which he signed season-changing players Luka Milivojević and Mamadou Sakho, this is not a lost cause.

Given Palace had a meager schedule to start the season, but there’s a lot of promise beyond the zeroes on its side of the scoreboard and lack of points on the table.

The positives:

— Palace’s 14.3 shots per game rank ninth in the PL, while it’s allowed the fifth-fewest shots per game (10.8).

The Eagles are eighth in key passes, yet have not recorded an assist.

— It’s possession percentage is eighth at 50.1 percent, and Palace is second in dribbles per game at 15.3.

— Palace is tops in the PL with 19.8 interceptions per game, and sixth in the PL with 18.8 aerials won per game.

Most of this has come without Zaha, and the new Palace boss can trot out a lineup with Christian Benteke, Yohan Cabaye, Milivojevic, Sakho, Andros Townsend, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

So, we suspect, Palace is going to be just fine. And De Boer is probably right to feel a bit hard done-by.

Now maybe he was despised in the room — players do have the power these days — but this is a questionable firing by Palace, one that looks certain to “overcome” by time. Looking at the fixtures. Palace will sit Bottom Three come mid-October unless it has another run of beating top teams, as it did last winter.

De Boer fired; Reports say Hodgson to take Palace reigns

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Crystal Palace has pulled the plug on Frank De Boer‘s managerial tenure after just 77 days on the job.

And a familiar face will take over the hot seat at Selhurst Park.

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Palace’s penchant for hiring ex-England bosses is a thing, at least if a BBC report is to be believed, as Roy Hodgson is set to be announced as De Boer’s replacement.

Palace hired Sam Allardyce after canning Alan Pardew last season, then spent in the January window to help avoid relegation to the Championship.

De Boer was fired by Inter Milan after just 85 days in 2016, but led Ajax to four Eredivisie titles between 2010-16.

[ RECAP: Burnley 1-0 Palace ]

De Boer said it was “unbelievable” Palace did not beat Burnley on Sunday, as the Eagles fell to 0-4 and saw Scott Dann miss a wide open header.

Palace has not scored in its four Premier League losses, and De Boer will leave with a lone win coming in the EFL Cup (2-1 vs. Ipswich Town).

Frank de Boer defiant; “unbelievable” Palace didn’t win

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Frank De Boer looked like a man who knows his time is running out at Crystal Palace.

Just four games into the season the Dutchman is feeling the pressure as he’s lost all four games and the Eagles have yet to score a goal with reports stating he could be sacked in the coming days.

They lost 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday as an early defensive mistake cost them dear and de Boer’s side missed several glorious chances as Scott Dann and Christian Benteke were both off target.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game the Dutch legend looked slightly shocked his side had taken nothing away from the game.

“There was only one team who deserved the win today and it was us,” de Boer said. “But that’s football. Sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve but we can also blame ourselves to give a goal away and not scoring our opportunities.”

“We controlled the game and then you have to reward yourself with the first goal. When the referee whistles for the last time and you think, ‘we don’t have any goals and we don’t have any points right now’ it is unbelievable when you see this game. The most important thing, I think, is that if you play like this every week, you get what you deserve and that’s going to be points.”

He was then asked about his future at Palace.

“The only thing I can control is to work very hard with the boys and that is what I am going to do and hopefully for a long time,” de Boer said. “I saw the team fighting for each other and playing with more confidence and that is what I want. The only thing we didn’t do was score.”

It is tough to disagree with FDB but the stats don’t paint a pretty picture.

Dann had two chances cleared off the line and the center back missed another header from five yards out, while Andros Townsend created numerous chances from out wide but the Eagles never looked confident enough to finish their chances. Townsend and captain Jason Puncheon backed de Boer after the game but Palace do appear to be struggling to adapt to the ideas of the former Ajax and Inter Milan boss.

It would seem extremely harsh for Palace’s owners to task de Boer with changing the identity of their play but only give him four PL games to do it before sacking him, but the Eagles have had success in firing managers in the past and this situation seems to be more dire than others.

Time is ticking for de Boer who mixed things up and showed his possession-based style can also be direct when needed. If Palace do not beat Southampton on Saturday then it could be curtains for the Dutchman as they have trips to Manchester City and Manchester United followed up by a home game against Chelsea coming up.

Palace could well be 0-8 before they know it.

PL Sunday preview: Palace seek 1st point; Swansea vs. Newcastle

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Sunday’s slate of Premier League fixtures feature four sides currently sitting in the bottom half of the league table, a combined three wins and 11 points between them. To say points are precious to these sides would be a massive understatement.

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Burnley vs. Crystal Palace — 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Frank De Boer could have never foreseen himself fighting for his job just three games into his Palace tenure, but ahead of Sunday’s visit to Burnley’s Turf Moor, that’s precisely the Dutchman’s reality after dropping all nine points to start the season, and doing so without scoring a single goal and conceding six. After losing his job at Inter Milan after just 14 games last season, De Boer’s reputation (and future employment prospects) could very well be on the line.

“We know it takes time and it is a long-term project we have here,” de Boer said at his Friday press conference. “I have a positive feeling from what I have seen in training this week. I want to start seeing the performances I am expecting and once we start getting results it will give us all the confidence we need.”

INJURIES: Burnley — OUT: Nahki Wells (ankle); PROBABLE: Jeff Hendrick (thigh) | Palace — OUT: Wilfried Zaha (knee); QUESTIONABLE: Jairo Riedewald (groin), James Tomkins (groin); PROBABLE: Mamadou Sakho (ankle)

Swansea City vs. Newcastle United — 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

The dark-cloud story at Newcastle remains the same in September as it was in March, April and May: Rafa Benitez might just up and walk away from the club any day now, due to his poor working relationship with club owner Mike Ashley. The Magpies started the season in poor form, losing to Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town, before trouncing a lifeless West Ham United side right before the international break. Recapturing that momentum will be vitally important against a Swansea side which is expected to figure in this season’s relegation battle, right alongside Newcastle.

To make matters worse, Benitez won’t be on the sideline for Sunday’s trip to the Liberty Stadium after Benitez underwent surgery for a hernia last week. Newcastle assistant Francisco de Miguel Moreno will take charge in Benitez’s absence.

INJURIES: Swansea — OUT: Ki Sung-Yueng (knee), Nathan Dyer (achilles), Kyle Bartley (knee) | Newcastle — OUT: Chancel Mbemba (groin), Aleksandar Mitrovic (suspension); QUESTIONABLE: DeAndre Yedlin (hamstring), Dwight Gayle (illness)

Frank de Boer pleads for time at Crystal Palace

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Time is a luxury that has so far escaped Crystal Palace boss Frank De Boer thus far in his managerial career.

After spending six years as the boss of Ajax, the Dutch legend was fired at Inter not three months into his tenure in Italy, and has already come under fire at Crystal Palace after three defeats in three to start the season.

“It always takes time, you don’t have to panic suddenly,” De Boer said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Palace’s visit to Burnley on Sunday. “Normally you have 10 games and we are at seven or eight including pre-season and the Carabao Cup.”

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The plea is similar to his time at Inter, when he started the season well, with three wins in his first five including a defeat of Italian giants Juventus. However, things turned sour as the team lost four of five through October – all by one goal – and De Boer was fired after a 1-0 loss to Sampdoria.

“This project needed more time to be carried out,” De Boer said on Twitter after he was relieved of his duties. “I want to thank all the fans for all the support you’ve given me over these months.”

“It’s a project and you don’t suddenly throw this overboard when you have a bad start,” De Boer said Friday, citing other moments of history to prove his point. “I have been in professional football now for 30 years and sometimes it takes more time. I remember for example Louis Van Gaal when he started at Bayern Munich. He lost the first few games and then he was a Champions League finalist. Giovanni van Bronckhorst lost seven games with Feyenoord. That year he won the cup and the next, the title.”