Frank de Boer may have only been in charge of Crystal Palace for three Premier League games, but bookmakers Paddy Power have wasted no time in opening up a next manager market at Selhurst Park. "We only had four pre-season games, three PL games and one cup game".
They started the season with a surprise win at Chelsea, and in their last fixture, they managed a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.
Renato Sanches, whose loan arrival from Bayern Munich proved to be one of the most eye-catching deals of the final week of the transfer window, endured a disappointing debut and was replaced by Wilfried Bony after 69 minutes.
"We controlled the game, but then you have to reward yourself".
"I've said it many times, we all want everything yesterday, instant success, and we are in that business, particularly in the Premier League", he said.
Ashley Barnes' introduction just after the hour mark briefly brought the Clarets back to life and he won a flick-on from a long Pope free-kick but Wood couldn't connect with the volley as the ball looped over his shoulder. But the most pertinent thing is that the revelation has reinforced De Boer's conviction that he must not recant his own beliefs when under pressure. After 30 years in professional football I'm convinced [results will improve].
It's safe to say that although Palace have had a horrendous start to the season, the mere idea of sacking De Boer already is odd. Considering the awful start Palace have had, the Clarets will feel confident of winning this match.
"I am not so concerned about that, I think we have a very good relationship".
It might come a bit too soon, but you never know, he said.
He also went onto say: "We had a much weaker squad when we finished 11th".
De Boer continued to emphasise the importance of time, that if given it, the players will adjust well to his philosophy: "I want players that recognise what they have to do in certain situations".
"The puzzle fell together and they got good results". "I am not disappointed about how we played". Palace, full of players who have generally been more comfortable with simpler instructions and who have made several costly individual mistakes this season after being caught in several minds, may quickly reach a similar conclusion.