It's always a question at the start of the Premier League season. Who will win the sack race? In 2017-18, that dubious distinction falls to now former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer. Palace's 1-0 loss at Burnley sealed his fate just weeks into his first season in charge.
"Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer," read the official statement. "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."
Apart from a growing and highly annoying trend for English soccer teams and some of their friends on this side of the Atlantic to capitalize "club", Palace made their intentions clear. That Burnley game was make or break. It's a fair question why a struggling Premier League club - sorry, CLUB - would put so much pressure on away game, but that's the job and these are the expectations.
"They were the better side," Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. "They had a couple of very good chances." Not at all surprisingly, de Boer agreed. "“I think everyone who was in the stadium or sitting behind the television would have seen that only one team deserved to win today, and that was us."
Speaking of expectations, former England manager and long ago Crystal Palace player Roy Hodgson is the pick for replacing de Boer and salvaging Palace's season. Not losing would be the starting point with the pressure shifting to their next game at home against Southampton. After that, it's Manchester City away, Manchester United away, and Chelsea at home.
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Palace going about coaching like someone just alternating rock and scissors in roshambo. 🤜🏻✂️🤜🏻✂️🤜🏻✂️🤜🏻✂️🤦🏼♂️— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) September 11, 2017
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