Frank de Boer's future at Crystal Palace hanging by a thread

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Nick Pope in action for Burnley

"Sometimes, though, as a manager you need to have time as well to build something, to create a certain atmosphere within the group and a certain belief to do well and get results". I know that Joel Ward is not an ideal wing-back but the board and all the other people at Crystal Palace knew.

In the two home losses, Palace's players have looked uncomfortable adapting to De Boer's possession-based approach, which is a giant leap from the pragmatism, directness and counter-attacking favoured by previous manager Sam Allardyce.

His side were stricken by misfortune today, with Chung Yong Lee's misweighted backpass allowing Chris Wood to nip in and slide the ball past Wayne Hennessey in the third minute. De Boer turned away in disgust and slumped into his seat in the dugout with his hands in his pockets.

They remain without a league goal or point this season under Dutchman De Boer, chronically short of confidence and second bottom of the division.

De Boer has lost to Huddersfield Town, Swansea City and Burnley, three of the pre-season relegation favourites.

"We are not getting sentimental or something like that, no we just continue with what we believe in and that is what we are going to do".

"I was keen to get here and start my Premier League career off again and hopefully kick on in the right direction".

A full debut for the former Leeds United striker represented the only change to the Clarets' starting line-up following their draw at Tottenham before the global break.

Only some poor finishing - notably from striker Christian Benteke and defender Scott Dann, who headed wide from point-blank range in the final minute - prevented them taking at least a point from the game, although the result means they have still not scored in the league this season. Normally we are scheduled for one day a week to come together and see what is happening at the club - what is going on and how we can improve. No wonder they are the only team in England yet to score.

That was the last effort from the hosts as they battened down the hatches and scrapped to hang on to the three points, which they managed to do thanks to Pope's excellent save from Benteke and Dann's terrible miss.

Crystal Palace legend John Salako has urged Frank De Boer to be more arrogant in order to turn things around at Selhurst Park.

"I think he is older [and] wiser", said Dyche. Unlike De Boer, he is likely to stick around long enough to see it happen.

"But if you play like this every week you get what you deserve".

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