Frank de Boer a risk for Crystal Palace, says Simon Jordan
Last Updated: 18/08/17 11:37pm
New Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer was a risky appointment by the club, according to former owner Simon Jordan.
De Boer began life in the Premier League with a shocking 3-0 defeat at home to promoted Huddersfield last weekend, and they next face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
Jordan, speaking on The Debate on Friday night, believes that Palace may suffer due to De Boer's attempts to change the culture at the club too quickly following the departure of Sam Allardyce.
"Palace are in a [difficult] position because they're in between cultures," he said. "They had Sam who created the DNA of them being hard to beat, and then De Boer comes along with a hybrid of [experience in] Eredivisie and a bit of Italian.
"But you can't hang this man for one game, the fans have got to stop being fans and start being supporters. They've got to get behind him until there's nothing to support. One bad game isn't going to define him.
"I think this is dangerous territory for Palace. They've had established managers in [Tony] Pulis, [Alan] Pardew and ultimately Sam, but this is a departure from their DNA.
"This is an incumbent chairman wanting to play expansive football and it possibly might be the way for them to go forward but, right now, have they got the players for it?
"The Premier League is very different from a pre-season friendly tournament, De Boer is going to get schooled very quickly, and he's either going to thrive or not survive.
"Palace in my view are a 12th or 13th-placed club. But you've got a manager that does not understand the culture of the Premier League and what comes with it, and that's the risk he has to face."