Former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has spoken out regarding his exit from the club.
The legendary Dutchman was dismissed after just four games of the new Premier League season, with many fans feeling that he was not given much of a chance to turn things around.
The Eagles were left rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table and, while they have since managed to pull themselves away from the relegation zone, it took a while for new manager Roy Hodgson to change the club’s fortunes.
The 47-year-old is well known for his iconic playing career which saw him turn out for the likes of Ajax and Barcelona, before returning to Holland in order to manage Ajax for a period of six years.
“The Crystal Palace board panicked,” de Boer said. “We failed to make a good start for sure, I understand we needed to keep the club in the Premier League after they invested in the squad, but only after five games, I didn’t think I deserved to get sacked.
“When the things were going bad, they just decided to change the manager which resulted in my sacking.
“I think we played better than the opponents most of the time.”
The debate regarding how long managers should be given in a job has been raging for years now, with the average tenure of Premier League bosses being particularly low in comparison to a decade ago.
Hodgson deserves a great deal of credit for the way he has been able to transform the club but, given the frequent nature of the dismissals at Selhurst Park and around the league, you have to wonder how long he would have been in charge had his bad start progressed to this point in the season.
Frank de Boer has since been without a club since being removed from his position as manager, with his run at Palace echoing his poor stint with Inter Milan.
He also claimed that he was not given enough time at the San Siro although, given how things have gone for him as of late, you have to question whether or not he is just trying to find excuses at this stage.