Parish: De Boer call was ‘wrong’, but I won’t apologise

Date published: Monday 18th September 2017 11:09

Steve Parish admits both he and Crystal Palace as a club “got it wrong” appointing Frank de Boer – but he will not apologise.

De Boer was sacked just four games into his tenure earlier this month, having been appointed as Sam Allardyce’s successor in June.

The Dutchman led Palace to four consecutive defeats without scoring a goal, and Roy Hodgson continued that fine record in his first game: a 1-0 defeat to Southampton. Daniel Storey was at Selhurst Park; Daniel Storey was unimpressed.

Parish admits the club “got it wrong” in picking De Boer as manager, but he insists that no apology will be forthcoming.

“As a club we got it wrong and as a chairman I got it wrong with Frank,” Parish told Holmesdale Radio.

“But I am never going to apologise for taking a risk and trying to improve this club. If I make mistakes in doing it, then I will hold my hands up. But I am not going to apologise. The road to hell is sometimes paved with good intentions.

“I can understand people thinking four games is not enough but results were not good. Frank was here from July 1 and in the end I did not think it was going to work.

“It could have gone on longer but if that then produced the outcome I thought it was going to, then that makes me negligent.”

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