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Sport From the brink to the Premier League

14:50  13 september  2017
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De Boer on the brink as Palace suffer worst start in Premier League history

  De Boer on the brink as Palace suffer worst start in Premier League history A 1-0 loss to Burnley on Sunday means Crystal Palace have suffered the worst ever start to a Premier League season.Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Burnley ensured Crystal Palace have made the worst start to a season in Premier League history, piling the pressure on Eagles manager Frank de Boer.

How Brighton went from Football League survivors to Premier League promotion. The story of a team rising from the bottom tier of England's Football Now, only four months from starting their Premier League campaign, 20 years on from being on the brink of disaster, where do the club go from here?

The south coast side have gone from the bottom of the pile to the promised land of the Premier League in six years.

Bournemouth and Brighton will meet for the first time in the Premier League on Friday Night Football, but there are plenty of similarities about their extraordinary ascents to the top flight.

The two south-coast clubs found themselves at the bottom of the Football League and on the brink of disaster, only to survive and set their sights on the top flight.

From the bottom to the top, here's how they did it.

On the brink

Brighton's brush with disaster came in 1997. The club had been forced to sell the Goldstone Ground in order cover the costs of their mounting debts, and relegation from the Football League seemed certain as they languished 13 points adrift of safety midway through the League Two season.

Pardew: De Boer deserves more time

  Pardew: De Boer deserves more time Former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has urged patience with current manager Frank de Boer. The Dutchman has not enjoyed life in the Premier League so far. His Palace side sit in the bottom three having failed to score a single goal in the top flight. De Boer has come under heavy criticism in recent times for being tactically inflexible, with Palace’s 3-4-3 formation evidently not working. He altered his side’s system to a 4-3-3 for the Burnley game on Sunday afternoon, but as a result of individual errors, could not lead Palace to their first victory of the season. Now though, after the Burnley defeat, De Boer looks to be on the brink, and Pardew has encouraged Palace’s board to stick with the former Ajax boss and give him time. As quoted by the Daily Mail, when Pardew was asked whether De Boer deserves to be relieved of his duties, he replied: “Not after that performance. It was a performance of a team away from home trying to win. They did everything they could with the players available. Unfortunately it wasn’t good enough today.” “When you start getting those stats put against your name then it’s difficult to run away from it really with the media as it is. He’s got a little bit to work on this week. He’s got a week to work with them.” “He’s got a home game coming up. There were some decent performances today.” The Eagles welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park next Saturday and will be hoping to secure their first points of the season when Mauricio Pellegrino’s side visit. “What you’ve got to do is get into that changing room and get the message into that group that next week we’ve got to get it right and to get the points on the board.

Here are 5 Premier League managers that should keep an eye on their jobs this season. He has recently signed a new 5 year deal to keep him in Man City blue sill 2017 as well. So, why is he on the brink ? I’m not so sure he is exactly, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if he was sacked.

BBC Sport - 16 Jun 2017 "I'm delighted that we've been able to attract Mathew to the club, and he will certainly be an excellent addition to the squad in time for our first season in the Premier League ," said Brighton manager Chris Hughton.

It appeared their 77-year stay in the Football League was coming to an end, but a dramatic upturn in form meant they would stay up if they avoided defeat to fellow strugglers Hereford on the final day of the campaign. An own goal from Kerry Mayo had Brighton fans fearing the worst, but Robbie Reinelt saved the day with a second-half equaliser to keep them up.

Just over a decade later, Bournemouth found themselves in a similar situation. They had been relegated to League Two having been docked 10 points for entering administration in 2008, and they started the 2008/09 season with an additional 17-point deduction.

The odds were stacked against them, but after the appointment in Eddie Howe in January of that season, they pulled nine points clear of the drop zone to keep their place in the Football League.

Hodgson reportedly lined up to replace De Boer

  Hodgson reportedly lined up to replace De Boer Crystal Palace have reportedly identified Roy Hodgson as their preferred option to replace Frank de Boer at the helm. It’s claimed today by the Mirror that the Eagles are rapidly losing patience with De Boer, and that ex-England manager Hodgson is the favourite to take his place as Palace boss. De Boer has endured a hugely difficult introduction to English football. Palace currently sit in 19th having failed to score a single goal, and having lost all four of their opening games. Steve Parish is understood to have held lengthy discussions with De Boer over Palace’s concerning start to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, with the chairman keen to see the Dutchman alter his tactical approach to suit the demands of the league. De Boer’s men dominated in large parts against Burnley but only had themselves to blame as Chris Wood made them pay for individual errors. Hodgson has been out of work since resigning from the England post at the end of June.

Leicester's rise from promotion in 2014, to relegation candidates last season, to the brink of a Premier League title, is nothing short of remarkable. Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante have rightly hogged the headlines, Claudio Ranieri has been hailed as a genius

Van Gerwen hauled himself back from the brink to claim the last two legs, sealing a memorable comeback and an 11-10 victory having also trailed 5-1 and 7-2 earlier on in the final. The Premier League moment of finals night is Van Gerwen winning the Premier League title for the third time.

Rising through the leagues

Bournemouth's remarkable rise up the football pyramid began immediately after their survival as they stormed to a second-placed finish in League Two to clinch automatic promotion to the third tier in 2010.

Their first season in League One ended with defeat in the play-off semi-finals following a sixth-placed finish, but they did not have to wait long for their next step up. Howe's men clinched automatic promotion to the Championship in 2013, and two years later they defied expectations again to take their place in the Premier League - capping a remarkable six-year rise.

Brighton's ascent was a rather more drawn-out affair. The two decades between almost falling out of the Football League and finally winning promotion to the Premier League included two relegations, five promotions and over a dozen managerial changes.

Brighton reached the Championship play-offs under Gus Poyet in 2012/13 and Oscar Garcia in 2013/14 but were knocked out in the semi-finals on both occasions. They missed out at the same stage with Chris Hughton in 2015/16, but the wait was finally over when they clinched automatic promotion last season.

Essex on the brink of title win

  Essex on the brink of title win Essex are on the brink of claiming their first County Championship title in 25 years after beating Warwickshire by an innings and 56 runs. Having earned a 168-run first innings lead on day two at Edgbaston, Essex skittled Warwickshire for 112 on day three with Jamie Porter, Sam Cook and Simon Harmer sharing the wickets.The result means that Essex will be crowned champions if Lancashire fail to win against Somerset at Taunton while Warwickshire now look destined to be relegated from Division One.

Tony Pulis, the manager of West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea's next opponents, was at Stamford Bridge for this. What did he learn? Probably, that the most he and his team can do on Friday night, is delay the return of the Premier League trophy to Chelsea by a few days, at best.

From the brink of extinction to Premier League solidity. England’s second tier is where the Clarets would remain until 2009, when Owen Coyle revolutionised Burnley to guide them to the Premier League against all odds.

Life in the Premier League

Bournemouth have continued to exceed expectations in the Premier League. After starting 2015/16 as favourites for relegation, they ended up finishing five points above the drop zone with famous victories over Chelsea and Manchester United along the way.

Their second season in the top flight was a memorable one, with Howe's men securing a ninth-placed finish ahead of established Premier League clubs such as West Brom, West Ham and Leicester. They even scored more goals than Manchester United.

The question now is how exactly can Bournemouth improve on a top-half finish?? They spent £30m on new players in the summer - a figure that would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago - but a poor start to the campaign has left them with no points from their first four games. It seems this season might be their trickiest yet.

Brighton, meanwhile, are also facing a fight to extend their stay in the top flight. Chris Hughton brought in 13 new players in the summer transfer window, but there have been signs that they are starting to gel. After claiming their first point with a goalless draw against Watford before the international break, there was a memorable 3-1 win over West Brom last weekend.

Friday's meeting at the Vitality Stadium will be a reminder of how far both sides have come.

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