Former Town boss Burley sacked by Palace

FORMER Ipswich Town boss George Burley has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace.

Burley, 54, had seen his side slump to their 14th league defeat of the season today after losing 3-0 at London rivals Millwall.

A statement on the Crystal Palace website read: “George Burley has today been relieved of his duties as First Team Manager of Crystal Palace FC.

“We would like to thank George for his dedication and hard work and share his regret that things didn’t work out for him here.

“Dougie Freedman will take charge of the first team on a caretaker basis for the game at Preston.”

The Eagles are currently sitting in 23rd place in the Championship table, one spot off the bottom and facing a relegation battle.

Burley played for Ipswich for 12 years and went on to manage the team between 1994 and 2002, overseeing more than 400 games.

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He has also managed Colchester United, Derby County, Hearts, Southampton and the Scottish national side, for which he played 11 times between 1979 and 1982.

His Crystal Palace side had won just seven of 25 matches since his appointment in June.