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De Boer unconcerned by mounting Palace pressure

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 8 Sep 2017

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Frank de Boer says he is not concerned by rumours regarding his Crystal Palace future as he maintains a good relationship with chairman Steve Parish.

The former Inter coach has seen Palace lose each of their three opening Premier League games without scoring, implementing a 3-4-3 formation that has so far failed to impress.

This has led to reports suggesting De Boer could be replaced if he cannot turn results around, but he remains confident after talks with Parish.

“I have always had serious conversations with Steve – one day in the week we come together and talk about what’s going on,” De Boer told a pre-match news conference ahead of the trip to Burnley.

“I’m not so concerned about it, we have a very good relationship. We know this is not a one-day project, it’s long term.

“You cannot expect to win every game, it’s a work in progress still.”

With Sam Allardyce surprisingly leaving Palace at the end of last season, De Boer was appointed in late June and he does not feel the players have yet had time to adjust to his methods.

“Normally you have 10 games to think, ‘this is the way we like to play’,” he said. “We only had four pre-season games, three PL games and one cup game.

“We still are at seven or eight games. I think still we can improve a lot in how we want to play.”

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