Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer watches the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

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Crystal Palace fires De Boer after 4 Premier League games

Crystal Palace fired manager Frank de Boer on Monday after the team opened the Premier League season with four straight losses.

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

Palace announced the end of De Boer’s 77-day stint in charge in a short

In terms of games played, De Boer’s tenure is the shortest of any permanent manager in Premier League history.

De Boer, a former Netherlands centre back,

His players have struggled to adapt. Palace is the first team since 1924 to lose its first four English top-flight games without scoring, the latest defeat coming at Burnley on Sunday.

De Boer only lasted 84 days in his previous job at Inter Milan. Before that, he won four straight Dutch league titles at Ajax.

“We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the club,” Palace said in its statement.

On Sunday, Palace chairman Steve Parish had called for “some sense” amid a string of posts on Twitter.

“We are 4 games in,” he tweeted, “it’s a terrible start but we have to stick together.”

De Boer arrived on a three-year deal and with ambitions of making the team entertaining to watch and integrating more youth-team players. He said his primary objective was to turn a team that regularly battles relegation into a stable Premier League force.

Palace lost 3-0 at home to promoted team Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the season, with De Boer losing winger Wilfried Zaha — arguably his best player — to injury.

Palace’s players have looked uncomfortable in converting to De Boer’s possession-based approach, which is a giant leap from the pragmatism, directness and counter-attacking favored by Allardyce. However, Palace did dominate in the

Hodgson hasn’t coached since leaving the England job after the country’s elimination by Iceland at last year’s European Championship. His last job as a club manager was at West Bromwich Albion from 2011-12.

 

-(AP)

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