Crystal Palace have sacked Frank de Boar after just 77 days as manager and are set to replace him with Roy Hodgson.
De Boar, who replaced Sam Allardyce in June, guided the team to four successive losses in his first four Premier League games and they failed to score in a single game, the worst start of any top-flight club in 93 years.
The team were more impressive on Sunday against Burnley and De Boer must have hoped that it would save him, but yesterday it was confirmed that he would become the shortest-serving Premier League manager in terms of matches.
It has been reported that Roy Hodgson is set to sign a two-year contract with the team and it is expected that he will bring in Ray Lewington, who worked with him at England, as his assistant.
Despite the four successive defeats, De Boer did improve their performances and Steve Parish, the club’s chairman, said that they now need to “stick together”.
Do Boer had vowed to fight and said that he was “convinced” that they could achieve their objectives. However, his view clearly wasn’t shared by team management and on Monday they released a statement that read “Crystal Palace have parted company with Frank de Boer. 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.”
It will not be clear what the new manager will be tasked with but it is likely that any form of improvement would be welcomed after such a disappointing start to the season.