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De Boer set for crunch talks with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish

Date Posted,August 27, 2017

Frank de Boer is set for crunch talks with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish this afternoon.

De Boer is due to meet Parish with his future as manager hanging in the balance.

The Dutchman, who was named Sam Allardyce’s successor in June, has endured a nightmare start losing all three of his Premier League games this season against Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea.

And though it is still early in the season Palace chiefs are already deeply concerned by goings on on and off the pitch.

De Boer has been trying to introduce a more expansive, passing and possession-based philosophy at Palace with a three-man defence.

But results and performances so far have led to concerns that he has underestimated the Premier League by trying to make his approach work with the players Palace have available.

De Boer has lost all three league games so far (Image: Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

There have also been disputes over recruitment with De Boer unhappy with the quality of some of the players recommended to him while some of his choices have been questioned by the hierarchy.

In particular Palace’s attempts to strengthen their defence have led to tension.

De Boer could buy himself time by showing a willingness to adapt his approach though Palace’s sources admit an early change of manager also can’t be ruled out.

The situation is a repeat of the problems De Boer had at Inter Milan when he lasted just 85 days and 14 games and felt he wasn’t given enough time to implement his methods.

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