Former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has urged patience with current manager Frank de Boer.
The Dutchman has not enjoyed life in the Premier League so far. His Palace side sit in the bottom three having failed to score a single goal in the top flight.
De Boer has come under heavy criticism in recent times for being tactically inflexible, with Palace’s 3-4-3 formation evidently not working. He altered his side’s system to a 4-3-3 for the Burnley game on Sunday afternoon, but as a result of individual errors, could not lead Palace to their first victory of the season.
Now though, after the Burnley defeat, De Boer looks to be on the brink, and Pardew has encouraged Palace’s board to stick with the former Ajax boss and give him time.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, when Pardew was asked whether De Boer deserves to be relieved of his duties, he replied:
Not after that performance. It was a performance of a team away from home trying to win. They did everything they could with the players available. Unfortunately it wasn’t good enough today.
When you start getting those stats put against your name then it’s difficult to run away from it really with the media as it is. He’s got a little bit to work on this week. He’s got a week to work with them.
He’s got a home game coming up. There were some decent performances today.
The Eagles welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park next Saturday and will be hoping to secure their first points of the season when Mauricio Pellegrino’s side visit.
What you’ve got to do is get into that changing room and get the message into that group that next week we’ve got to get it right and to get the points on the board.