Frank De Boer

Frank De Boer was regarded as ‘a bit of a weirdo’ at Crystal Palace

De Boer sacked

Frank De Boer’s Crystal Palace reign will go in Premier League history. That probably had a nice ring to the Dutchman before he took the job. Unfortunately, he’ll be in the record books for the shortest reign of that era.

Having spent just 85 days as Inter Milan boss last year, De Boer followed it up with 77 days as Palace boss. He lasted just four Premier League games, losing all of them and failing to find the back of the net in any.

Yet Palace chairman Steve Parish spoke about the long-term plan behind the hiring Frank De Boer. What happened?

‘Bit of a weirdo’

A new report by the Daily Mail features a Palace source saying that De Boer was ‘a bit of a weirdo’.

Another claimed that he was difficult to get along with. He certainly wasn’t what Palace players were used to.

The players had been used to authoritative figures in charge like Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis. Now they had a thoughtful Dutchman. De Boer’s brilliant playing career didn’t command him any respect among his squad.

He clashed with Damien Delaney, who is regarded as ‘an influential member of the squad’. Many shared the views of Delaney, who didn’t like De Boer. This lack of harmony between players and coach became apparent to Parish.

The Dutch way

Frank De Boer wanted to play in the great Dutch tradition – passing, possession and positional fluidity. However, his decision to play midfielder Luka Milivojevic as a centre-back wasn’t well-received.

The Dutch coach wanted to play out from the back but his ideas confused players. They weren’t convinced by his methods and this breakdown of communication could be seen in their opening Premier League displays.

Former England boss Roy Hodgson will succeed Frank De Boer at Selhurst Park.


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