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Time and money: All Frank de Boer needs to succeed at Crystal Palace

Tuesday 5th September 2017
Frank de Boer's future as Crystal Palace manager looks shaky despite the Dutchman having overseen just three Premier League games.

De Boer was announced as the new Palace manager on June 26, 2017. Following a lengthy search, the former Ajax boss took over from Sam Allardyce. The one-time England manager decided to drop the reins once he had successfully guided The Eagles away from the relegation zone.

The poor start at Selhurst Park has already troubled the club's hierarchy. Three consecutive defeats in the Premier League and, in their estimation, an amateurish tactical approach is not what they bargained.

Crystal Palace has been playing a new, unfamiliar formation and style under De Boer's tutelage. The possession-based game relies heavily on a trio of central defenders.

The squad has not yet adapted to their new manager's tactical ways, which are fundamentally different than what they had been accustomed to under Allardyce. The Eagles have suffered home losses to newly promoted Huddersfield Town, and Swansea City. They are yet to bag a single goal.
De Boer gained renown after he turned around Ajax's fortunes. The Dutch giants won four Eredivise titles in his five seasons. A poor start at his next post, Inter, met with a quick dismissal.

The 47-year-old came to London after the club conducted a month-long selection process. The target was a man who could transform the Eagles into a genuine Premier League contender rather than a club constantly struggling at the bottom. Apparently, he was expected to accomplish this overnight, as well.

After three poor games, the Dutchman has been perceived as a tactical novice, unable to withstand the competition in English football's top tier. Concerns over de Boer's tactical decision making has left those inhabiting the boardroom at Selhurst Park fearing the worst. Never mind the struggles Pep Guardiola has had with far more money and talent at his disposal, or that Antonio Conte needed twelve weeks to find the formula for Chelsea's successful title run.

Meanwhile, De Boer is making do with the same players who narrowly escaped relegation last season. Palace only completed four signings this summer. Combined, Mamadou Sakho and Jairo Reidewald cost £33.5 million. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Man United) came in on loan. The season is still too fresh for De Boer to be facing the axe or for the Palace board to be panicking. Although, in the world of professional football, anything can happen.

Two things are crucial to the Dutchman's success at Crystal Palace: time and money. Responsibility for driving a squad that narrowly escaped relegation last year to great heights has been dumped on his shoulders without the much-needed financial support. De Boer's success at Ajax only arrived quickly because the competition was not as severe and he had the board's full support.
The new Palace boss requires time to implement his ideas and philosophy. His changes will take much longer than a few weeks to produce the desired impact. While the summer transfer window has said goodbye, the winter transfer window is approaching. The club's hierarchy needs to hand De Boer a sizable purse to conduct more business in the market.

Crystal Palace have a reliable core, players who have been praised for their skills in the Premier League. Christian Benteke is more than capable of driving the club away from the danger zone. However, there is no doubt that quality players are required throughout the squad.

Frank de Boer proved during his time at Ajax that he knows how to build a team. The Crystal Palace hierarchy need to prove to him they are as committed as the Ajax board. Time, financial support, and a bit of faith will enable him to effect greatly desired change at Selhurst Park.
Adebayo Temitope

Temitope, an ardent soccer fan. I may be based in Lagos but I watch as much European football as I can. I've been writing about football for several years, before I joined IRIAW you may have seen my work on The Football Weeks. I'm also a keen music fan


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