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Crystal Palace sack manager George Burley

George Burley
Burley was only appointed in June 2010

Crystal Palace manager George Burley has been sacked after the club's 3-0 away defeat at Millwall.

Dougie Freedman has been appointed caretaker boss of a side that last won on 27 November and are second from bottom in the Championship table.

Burley was appointed Palace boss last June after the London club were bought by the CPFC 2010 consortium.

Former Scotland boss Burley, 54, has also had management spells at Ipswich, Derby County, Hearts and Southampton.

Burley succeeded Paul Hart after the club was saved from going bust by Steve Parish and Martin Long.

The new owners had sanctioned the signing of former Tottenham striker Steffen Iversen earlier on Saturday but ran out of patience after a dismal display against Millwall.

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"We'd like to thank George for his dedication and hard work and share his regret that things didn't work out for him here," said Palace in a statement released on their website.

Burley is the third Championship manager to be dismissed this week following Preston's sacking of Darren Ferguson and the departure of Brian Laws from Burnley on 29 December.

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see also
Millwall 3-0 Crystal Palace
01 Jan 11 |  Championship
Palace appoint Burley as new boss
17 Jun 10 |  Crystal Palace

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