Why Palace sacking De Boer is harsh but West Ham sacking Bilic isn't

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic arrives for the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at The London Stadium, in east London on...

Crystal Palace were harsh to sack Frank de Boer so early in the season but if West Ham did the same to Slaven Bilic it wouldn't be the same story.

England manager Roy Hodgson addresses a press conference in Chantilly, northern France, on June 28, 2016, after his resignation following the team's 2-1 defeat to Iceland during the Euro...Roy Hodgson.

There has been plenty of criticism aimed at Crystal Palace for the sacking of Frank de Boer as manager after just four matches in charge and replacing him with Roy Hodgson.

De Boer did lose all four of those games as he tried to implement a possession-based 3-4-3 system, but the argument is the Eagles board should have known what the Dutchman's footballing ideals were and therefore not giving him time to try and achieve them is a worse reflection on them than it is on him.

Frank de Boer the manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on September 10, 2017 in Burnley, England.Frank de Boer, the former manager of Crystal Palace.

On the surface it would therefore seem equally harsh were West Ham United to sack Slaven Bilic at a similarly early point in the new season, with the Sun reporting the 49-year-old is the odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League boss to be given the boot.

However, there is a very different set of circumstances at the London Stadium in comparison to Selhurst Park. For starters, Bilic has been in his job since the summer of 2015 and has therefore had time to put his own stamp on the Hammers.

That first campaign the East Londoners finished seventh in the table, qualifying for Europe and only champions Leicester City (3), Tottenham Hotspur (6) and Arsenal (7) lost fewer than their total of eight matches that term. At the time Bilic was heralded as a brilliant coach, but unfortunately since then the wheels have started to fall off.

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic arrives for the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at The London Stadium, in east London on...West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic.

It is simplistic to say, but Dimitri Payet did play a huge part in West Ham's success and without the Frenchman as the focal point to build the team around, the Croatian has looked lost.

During their opening three defeats to Manchester United (4-0), Southampton (3-2) and Newcastle United (3-0), Bilic's side looked like there was no clear plan or tactical shape and to be honest the 2-0 victory glosses over the fact it was a similar story in their last outing against Huddersfield Town as well.

Robert Snodgrass revealing to Sky Sports that on his debut for the Hammers the manager did not know where to play him hints at that lack of tactical nous, although this was admittedly coming from a player who had just left for Aston Villa on loan having been told he was surplus to requirements.

Yet essentially it is there for all to see and whereas De Boer had a clear idea, but which he wasn't implementing for whatever reason, Bilic just seems to be out of ideas altogether.

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