De Boer fired by impatient Palace after only 4 games

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Frank de Boer gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)The impatience and short-term thinking in modern-day soccer was highlighted Monday when Frank de Boer was fired by Crystal Palace only four Premier League games into his task of changing the ingrained playing style of the English team.Hours after Palace chairman Steve Parish called for “some sense” regarding the speculation surrounding De Boer’s position, the club’s board decided to end the Dutchman’s 77-day stint in charge and thanked him for his “dedication and hard work.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Facing yet another fight to avoid relegation from the world’s richest league, Palace seems destined to lurch back to survival mode. That likely means regressing to the style of play that Allardyce and Pulis developed, namely being more obdurate at the back and hitting teams on the break.The well-travelled Hodgson does not have a definitive preferred playing style, although his time with England from 2012-16 was marred by dull and cautious performances at major tournaments. He hasn’t coached since leaving the England job after the country’s elimination by Iceland at last year’s European Championship, and his last job as a club manager was at West Bromwich Albion from 2011-12.Arriving on a three-year deal , De Boer had ambitions of making Palace entertaining to watch and integrating more youth-team players. Parish and the club’s American owners — David Blitzer and Josh Harris — backed this bold vision.They have acted decisively, though maybe prematurely, in removing De Boer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace has lost all four of its league matches under De Boer, without even scoring a goal. The last team to make such a start in England’s top flight was Preston in 1924.Still, it was undeniable that De Boer needed time to implement a more expansive and entertaining style of play requested by the club’s hierarchy, which is a giant leap from the pragmatism, directness and counter-attacking favored by two of Palace’s three most recent managers — Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn terms of games played, De Boer’s tenure is the shortest of any permanent manager in Premier League history.Palace lost to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea before the international break, and then 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday despite an improved display at Turf Moor which showed that De Boer’s methods might be starting to take effect. 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Why ask a manager to implement a new playing approach and not give him a decent opportunity to see the change through, especially after only one transfer window when De Boer was unable to bring in the kind of attacking players to suit the new style?“You try to ask a bit of time for your work,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Monday, when asked about Palace’s decision. “To finish this experience after only four games, I’m sorry for him.”De Boer was in charge of Inter Milan in his previous job for just 84 days before being fired early last season. He didn’t even last that long in his first foray into English soccer.As a former player and coach at Ajax and also a former Barcelona player, De Boer is wedded to a philosophy of possession and fluidity generally favored by the Dutch. It got results at Ajax — he won four straight league titles — but he has found it difficult to transfer that abroad.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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GOVERNMENT UNDER PRESSURE TO LAUNCH INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL GARDA’S DEATH

first_imgTaoiseach Enda Kenny is under pressure to protect gardaiTAOISEACH Enda Kenny and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald are under pressure from senior gardai to launch an independent investigation into the death of Ballyshannon Garda station sergeant Mick Galvin.Sgt Galvin took his own life last Thursday fearing he was going to be prosecuted; not knowing that an investigation into him by the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) had concluded six days earlier and that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing.The Gavlin family say they have no confidence in a GSOC inquiry or any third party investigation overseen by GSOC. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (ASGI) say Michael Galvin had been ‘tortured’ by the investigation.The organisation’s solicitor was furious.Michael Hegarty said Mr Galvin’s life could have been spared had GSOC simply phoned him up to clarify his position but instead they chose to pursue him.He said: “Michael Galvin did nothing wrong – absolutely nothing, there is no criminal misbehaviour whatsoever. “He spent 10 weeks in dread that he would end up in jail or with a criminal conviction because of this investigation. That is the fact of the matter. Now he’s not with us anymore.“This investigation rose out of a referral by An Garda Siochana to GSOC.“There was no complaint ever made against Michael Galvin and that’s important.“Arising out of that, GSOC commenced an investigation on January 1, 2015.“It wasn’t until March 26 that Michael was informed of this investigation – he was informed by way of a telephone call. “He received no letter setting out that he was under investigation.“He came under criminal investigation because of that anomaly – that investigation was two parts. One part perverting course of justice and making a false and misleading statement.“Both allegations are untrue and now they’ve said there was no wrongdoing. Well, it’s too late.”Senator Marc MacSharry, who knew Mr Galvin, has written to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald demanding an independent inquiry. “As a matter of urgency I would like you to initiate an independent inquiry into Mr Galvin’s death and any investigations either ongoing or completed in relation his performance in carrying out his duties. It is not appropriate to have either the Gardai or the Garda Ombudsman Commission carry out this investigation as I am certain you can appreciate,” he wrote in a letter last night.“Given the very tragic nature of Mr. Galvin’s death and the very disturbing reports on the front page of today’s Irish Independent I am certain that you agree that an immediate and thorough investigation be carried out into this situation including the nature of any investigation being carried out by GSOC.”He added: “Mr Galvins family, with 3 young children under 11 are understandably distraught. The communities of Ballyshannon, Manorhamilton and Sligo are in mourning and frankly angry at the loss of who in all essence was a pillar of the community here in the North West.“The very least the State owe the Galvin family is a full independent investigation to provide all the the answers and circumstances which surround their tragic loss.“I very much hope that you will publicly announce an investigation as outlined as quickly as possible.”GOVERNMENT UNDER PRESSURE TO LAUNCH INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL GARDA’S DEATH was last modified: June 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyshannondeathEnda KennyinvestigationOMBUDSMANSgt Mick GalvinSUICIDElast_img read more