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Frank de Boer: Crystal Palace sack manager after five games in charge

11 Setiembre 2017, 03:09 | Gerardo Tarin

Reading manager Jaap Stam urges Crystal Palace to be patient with Frank de Boer

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"That we are still with no points - nobody expected that", he admits.

After a full pre-season schedule, De Boer's side lost 3-0 at home to newly-promoted Huddersfield on the opening day, but improved against Liverpool despite slipping to a 1-0 defeat.

"You have to adapt to what you have and I think we have already shown that. Everybody was pleased about the performance - we could have drawn".

It is this style of football ingrained in this current crop of players.

"And I thought they were more effective than when I've seen them this season".

"We have to reward ourselves and we didn't do that today".

"We still are at seven or eight games. I have belief that we're going to do that".

Burnley manager Sean Dyche fears goalkeeper Tom Heaton could be sidelined for months after suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder in Sunday's win over Crystal Palace.

After four matches, Palace remain winless and the only team in the entire league yet to score a goal.

"I would have preferred to face a 3-5-2 with them still learning". But teaching the players to adopt a different way of playing - in a different team shape - has been challenging.

"They were very good and very strong, they looked a more familiar team and how they are effective".

"We are four games in, it's a bad start but we have to stick together". Everybody knows that. It is a work in progress still.

'I am just focusing on what I can control and so are my staff and my players, ' he said after the 1-0 loss.

But it is looking increasingly likely he will dispose of another manager as De Boer's future hangs by a thread.

"We discussed it and everybody agreed", he says.

"No I can not believe we lost, there is still frustration about the result but not about our performance", said the former Netherlands global.

That meant a Premier League debut for Nick Pope and he made a confidence boosting save just before half-time, holding on to Townsend's deflected effort.

"We don't play anywhere near how we normally did at Ajax". When you are a keeper and the result doesn't go your way, even if it's not your fault, people question you in that weird negative way that some folk do.

He added: "I always have serious conversations with Steve". He lasted 85 days at Inter Milan.

At the time of his appointment, it seemed unusual that Crystal Palace would go for somebody like De Boer. "A very sloppy goal", De Boer admitted. "I don't feel sorry for anyone in the position - we all know the pitfalls".

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