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Burnley's Dyche sees De Boer pressure as sign of the times

11 September, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Lula Armstrong

It's a "show me some improvement or you'll get the axe" type situation for him, and he'll be lucky to get any sleep Saturday night. I know that Joel Ward is not an ideal wing-back but the board and all the other people at Crystal Palace knew.

The goal that could hasten the departure of De Boer was shambolic from Palace's point of view, with Lee Chung-yong's back-pass from the halfway line pounced on by Chris Wood in the third minute.

While De Boer would have been hoping for some good news after another frustrating game, breaking records wouldn't have cheered the Dutchman up.

Media reports have suggested that former Ajax and Inter Milan coach De Boer, in his first season at the club, could find himself sacked soon but he denied he had received any kind of ultimatum from Palace.

Palace chairman Steve Parish has backed his under-fire manager publicly, however, ex-England boss Roy Hodgson, who grew up in Croydon, could be under consideration if De Boer fails to win at Burnley on Sunday. A second half of possession without penetration offered reminders of Louis van Gaal's sterile brand of football.

Despite an aggressive, improved performance at Turf Moor, Palace host Southampton on Saturday still searching for their first point - and goal - of the campaign. "Whatever happens with Tom, we'll take care of him and it allows the next one in". Given that they'll do well to get anywhere near last season's return from home fixtures, early indication that they'll be more positive on the road will have pleased Dyche. The team have also given up six goals while scoring zero.


De Boer remained confident on the backing from the boardroom, having been chosen as the man to take the Selhurst Park club forward following Sam Allardyce's unexpected departure at the end of last season.

"Although the margin of the defeat is small, I'm really disappointed with our performance", Swans manager Paul Clement said.

“Nahki is a player I have known for a while, ” Dyche told reporters yesterday.

"I think this is the starting point, because usually if you create that many chances against any opponent you will get what you deserve, and today we didn't". "I want players that recognise what they have to do in certain situations", he says.

"When you see players do well on loan, it means they are flexible to the challenges", said Dyche. "But that's football", De Boer said. "The ups and downs of any side don't guarantee you anything in the Premier League and I think every team in the Premier League is a good side".

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