Crystal Palace FC sack Frank de Boer as Manager

20. Mike Phelan lasted 165 days in charge – Click the right arrow above to see the shortest managerial reigns in the Premier League

20. Mike Phelan lasted 165 days in charge – Click the right arrow above to see the shortest managerial reigns in the Premier League

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has criticised Crystal Palace for not giving manager Frank de Boer enough time to change the club's fortune, with the Italian admitting he feels sorry for the former Alax defender.

During the global break, reports emerged that De Boer was already on the brink of the sack at Selhurst Park, despite only replacing Sam Allardyce during the summer.

With a hard run of Premier League games coming the stars are aligning in entirely the wrong way for De Boer, even after a better performance against Burnley.

In an exchange with supporters on social media following Sunday's defeat at Burnley, Parish wrote: "People are frustrated, I'm frustrated, so are the management and players".

Parish, who led a consortium that purchased the club in 2010, told fans: "We are four games in, it's a bad start but we have to stick together". With four defeats in four games whilst being in charge of the Eagles, Sunday's defeat against Burnley proved to be the Dutchman's final game. Les Reed had seven games in charge of Charlton in 2006. We know what we want and everybody is of course very disappointed in our results.

De Boer lasted 84 days at Inter before getting fired by the team's Chinese owners, leading to the Dutchman to Twitter to express his view that "this task required more time to move forward".

Crystal Palace are now heavily rumoured to be considering former England manager Roy Hodgson to be the replacement, clearly feeling that the squad would be more used to his style of play.

James McArthur's late brace earned a place in the third round draw but the performance was still criticised, particularly given the Tractor Boys had effectively fielded their development squad side.

Hodgson is believed to have agreed to replace De Boer at Palace, where the Croydon-born 70-year-old began a playing career spent largely in semi-professional sides.

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