De Boer axed by ailing Eagles

11 September 2017 07:00:05 EST

Crystal Palace have axed head coach Frank de Boer after losing their first four Premier League games of the new season without scoring a goal.

De Boer only took charge at Selhurst Park this summer, but has been shown the door after the Eagles, 4/5 to be relegated, were beaten by Huddersfield Town, Liverpool, Swansea City and finally Burnley.

The 47-year-old Dutchman leaves after just 77 days in charge, having lasted only a matter of days longer in his previous managerial job with Inter Milan.

Former Ajax coach De Boer had seemingly been optimistic for the future after seeing his side lose 1-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday, with the Eagles having given an improved performance despite being beaten again.

The Dutchman told reporters: "I think the performance is a good starting point and what I want to see from any team that I manage. That gives me a lot of hope for the future.

"I have very good contact with the chairman and the board. We know where we come from and what we want to achieve and I'm convinced we are going to achieve it.

"All I can do is work hard with the boys and I will do that until the end, hopefully that will be a long time."

Next up for Palace is a visit from Southampton next Saturday, with former England manager Roy Hodgson the man expected to take over at the Palace helm.

Last season the Eagles claimed a 3-0 win at home to the Saints, with Christian Benteke scoring twice and James Tomkins also getting on the scoresheet.

The Londoners are 19/10 to claim a first win of the league season next weekend, while they are 9/4 to earn a draw, with a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park priced at 11/2.

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