Everyone perhaps in the football world saw it coming for Frank De Boer.
Yes, we’re talking here of his sacking as Crystal Palace manager.
His fate of getting fired as bench tactician for the club came on Monday.
He was dismissed after being in charge for five games and 77 days.
So who will succeed him? As per reports, former England manager Roy Hodgson leads candidates who will take the hot seat.
Another being considered is Sam Allardyce but Hodgson has the inside track.
In their website, Palace thanked De Boer “for his dedication and hard work.’’
The decision was frowned upon by the 47-year-old De Boer.
He said he was disappointed “but nevertheless I want to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support. Good luck for the future.’’
The Eagles failed to soar to say the least under the Dutch boss.
They did not score in their four Premier League matches. They are at present 19th in the standings after getting beat 1-0 at Burnley last Sunday.
De Boer’s only win as Palace manager was in the EFL Cup against Ipswich Town.
As a result, De Boer’s stint as manager is the shortest in the Premier League in terms of matches. His past two managerial jobs lasted a combined 162 days. He was also shown the exit door by Inter Milan in November 2016 after 85 days.
De Boer, a former Ajax boss, replaced Allardyce at Palace after the latter helped Palace avoid relegation last season.
The Dutchman came into Selhurst Park with good credentials. He won the Dutch Eredivisie four years in a row between 2011 and 2015.
But he clearly failed in steering the Eagles take off to a greater height, thus the four-match decline, and his eventual discharge.
Question now is, can Hodgson, or whoever eventually becomes boss, steer the Eagles back to the winning path and save their season?