By 90Min
September 18, 2017

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has opened up on the sacking of Frank de Boer last week, claiming that he regrets that it didn't work out for the Dutch boss.

De Boer arrived into Selhurst Park full of optimism - along with much of the Palace fan base. Parish's latest hiring spelled a new dynasty for the club; one of attractive, possession based football that would be a joy to watch.

However, it wasn't working. Four games later, along with four losses and no goals to show for it, de Boer was sacked (much to the public's dismay), and now Parish has opened up on the move to show him the exit door:

"Obviously results weren't good, and I can understand people saying that four games wasn't enough," the chairman told Holmesdale Radio on Sunday evening

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"But Frank was here from the 1st of July and in the end, I didn't think it was going to work. It could have gone on longer, but if that then produced the outcomes I thought it was going to that kind of makes me negligent.


"You know what you open yourself up for when you make that change, but I can't let that make the decision.

In his replacement, the club found Roy Hodgson, and Parish maintains it's the 'bigger picture' that led him to the decision.

"The decision has to be 'what is the bigger picture and is this going to improve' and based on two-and-a-half months, not just four games, I didn't think it would work and I regret that. I regret the fact that it didn't work for Frank [de Boer] or the football club, but I felt I had to make that change."

"Actually, it was the one we had the most time for and possibly almost agonised over it too much and it kind of became muddled thinking," he said.

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