Crystal Palace turn to Roy Hodgson after sacking Frank de Boer due to the poor start of EPL, De Boer was sack after been defeated by Burnley on sunday, they are on the bottom table on English Premier League after played four matches been defeated.
Frank de Boer sack as Roy Hodgson replace him
Roy Hodgson is to return to Premier League management with Crystal Palace a little over a year since England’s humiliating exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland. The club reacted ruthlessly to a poor start by sacking Frank de Boer four games into a three-year contract. De Boer’s 77-day stint is the briefest in terms of matches played of any Premier League manager, with the breakdown in the Dutchman’s relationship with the owners having effectively left him a dead man walking since the end of last month.
Hodgson is expected to sign a two-year contract, with a significant bonus payable if Palace retain their top-flight status, and will start at the club – through whose youth ranks he progressed as a player– against Southampton on Saturday. Palace had made overtures to Sam Allardyce over a return to no avail, before turning to Hodgson.
The 70-year-old will inherit a side who are pointless and goalless in the division, with daunting games against Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea to come after Saturday, but who showed signs even in defeat at Burnley on Sunday that they were grasping De Boer’s demands. The manager, too, had displayed a willingness to adapt in that match, reverting to a flat back four. As it is, and despite the chairman, Steve Parish, stressing the need “to stick together” en route back from Turf Moor, Palace felt compelled to act on Monday. The major shareholders, David Blitzer and Josh Harris, had been in attendance in Lancashire and, after talks with Parish and the sporting director, Dougie Freedman, sanctioned the dismissal.
The writing had effectively been on the wall since the loss to Swansea at the end of last month, a defeat which exposed the breakdown of the relationship between manager and ownership. The board felt De Boer had veered away from his summer pledge to instigate “evolution, not revolution” with some of his tactical decisions deemed naive and inappropriate for the squad he had inherited. The owners were dismayed, too, by an apparent lack of clarity to training and questioned team selection, with the manager, critically, struggling to provide a clear plan as to how to arrest the team’s slump in a meeting held with Parish and Freedman on Monday 28 August in the aftermath of the home defeat by Swansea.
De Boer had his own complaints, from a restricted pre-season schedule that took Palace to Hong Kong when the squad might have benefited more from games in his favoured 3-4-3 system at home, to a lack of leeway in the transfer market. Jairo Riedewald, secured from Ajax, was the only permanent signing made before deadline day. The protracted pursuit of Mamadou Sakho, who arrived for £26m at the end of the month and completed 45 minutes for the under-23s on Monday, was driven more by Parish than the management following the Frenchman’s success at Selhurst Park last season.
As it is, a manager whom Palace had hoped would provide a long-term progression ended up being ushered out in only 11 weeks, with Hodgson charged with salvaging the season. The Croydon-born manager achieved notable success on that front at Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, spells which sandwiched a disappointing and brief stay at Liverpool, before his four-year spell with England. That encompassed three tournaments but ended with the ignominy of that defeat by Iceland at Nice’s Allianz Riviera.
Crystal Palace turn to Roy Hodgson after sacking Frank de Boer
Hodgson, who turned down a chance to appear in last year’s Strictly Come Dancing after he left the England setup, had indicated a desire to return to club management and made clear his pride at his achievements with the national team in an interview given to The Big Issue. “Probably the four years, especially the last two years after the World Cup, fashioning a team from a very young group of players, many of whom weren’t even in their club side … we were playing very well,” he said. “I am very proud of that achievement.
“I think it is probably the best work, in many ways, that I did or have done so far. So there was never any doubt I would collapse in any way. In fact, if anything, I think the experience makes you stronger. In football however well you think you are doing, however well your life is going, there is always a mugger there lurking in the shadows, to bash you over the head when you least expect it.”
The finer details of Hodgson’s contract were being settled on Monday night. He is expected to be joined by his No2 with England, Ray Lewington, with De Boer’s coaches, Orlando Trustfull and Alessandro Schoenmaker, having departed. Sammy Lee, who joined the staff with Allardyce last December, may also leave.