Title: Palace sacks de Boer after nightmare start
Blog Entry: Crystal Palace sacked new manager Frank de Boer four games into the English Premier League season on Monday after suffering the worst start to an English top-flight campaign for nearly 100 years. The 47-year-old former Ajax Amsterdam player and manager only took charge on June 26 with a three-year contract, but his first four EPL games all ended in defeat. The club confirmed de Boer's departure in a brief statement on the club's website. "Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer," it said. "We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the Club. A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future." De Boer's reign is the shortest in the Premier League era in terms of matches played. Les Reed lasted seven games in 2006 before being sacked by Charlton Athletic while American Bob Bradley survived only 11 last season at Swansea City. Frenchman Jacques Santini was also sacked by Tottenham Hotspur after 11 games in 2004. It is the second time the Dutchman has lasted fewer than 100 days in a job having suffered a similar fate at Inter Milan last year where he was sacked after 85 days in charge. Sunday's 0-1 defeat at Burnley, where Palace wasted several good chances to break its duck, left it joint bottom of the table having failed to register a goal.