De Boer's position fragile after another loss for Crystal Palace

September 11, 2017
Burnley's Chris Wood (top right), and Crystal Palace's Lee Chung-yong battle for the ball during the English Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, yesterday.

Frank de Boer spoke of his "hope for the future" at Crystal Palace despite the team's record-setting fourth straight loss to open the English Premier League season.

Whether he'll be part of that future remains to be seen.

Palace lost 1-0 at Burnley yesterday to leave De Boer's position even more fragile at the London club.

"I am just focusing on what I can control and so are my staff and my players," De Boer said. "(The future) is for other people to decide but while I'm the manager of Crystal Palace, I will give 100 percent."

The statistics do not make good reading for the former Netherlands defender, who lasted only 84 days in his previous job at Inter Milan: No points, no goals and the first team since 1924 to lose its first four English top-flight games without scoring.

He already was the bookmakers' favorite to be the first Premier League manager to lose his job, with Palace struggling to adapt to a more expansive style of play demanded by De Boer after he came in as a replacement for the more pragmatic Sam Allardyce.

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