As far as Premier League managers go, Frank de Boer made Bob Bradley look like Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former Dutch defender who is the most capped player in the history of the Netherlands, and who starred as a player and manager for Ajax, was the first coaching casualty of the Premier League season.
Crystal Palace fired de Boer just four games into the 2017-2018 EPL season. He didn’t even make it out of the summer! Why give de Boer the sack so soon? Well, Crystal Palace weren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard. In fact, they didn’t light up the scoreboard. At all.
The Dutch manager has earned the unfortunate title of becoming the first permanent Premier League manager to see his team not score a single goal during his tenure.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 11, 2017
The EPL results for Palace under de Boer:
Huddersfield Town 3-0 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
Swansea City 2-0 Crystal Palace
Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
On the bright side, at least de Boer’s team managed two goals in a 2-1 win over lower-division Ipswich Town in the EFL Cup competition!
de Boer had a fantastic managerial record in Holland, winning four straight league titles with Ajax and becoming the first ever manager to achieve that feat in the Eredivisie. However, he left Ajax in 2016 and only lasted 85 days with Inter Milan in Serie A last season before getting fired there as well. The tributes to de Boer’s reign with Crystal Palace are pouring in as we speak.
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) September 11, 2017
Where does a team who is the first in England’s top flight to go scoreless in their first four games in 93 years turn to next? Roy Hodgson, of course.