Crystal Palace appoint Frank De Boer as their new manager
Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Frank de Boer as the club’s new manager on a three-year contract.
The Eagles have been without a head coach since the end of May when Sam Allardyce resigned from his post after guiding the club to Premier League safety.
The Dutchman has been without a job since getting sacked by Inter last October, with the club struggling for form and winning only once in five Serie A games.
“I am thrilled to be appointed as manager of Crystal Palace Football Club,” de Boer told Crystal Palace’s website.
“It is a great honour to take charge of such a historic club, a club that is known around the world for its hugely proud and passionate fan base.
He also added, “This role is a hugely exciting opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to get started in the Premier League with the players and staff here in south London.”
De Boer started his managerial career at Ajax, where he had a very successful playing career. He continued his winning way when he took charge and won the Eredivisie for 4 consecutive years in charge.
He was then beaten to the title in his last two campaigns and he stepped down as manager in May 2016.He replaced Roberto Mancini at Inter that August, but De Boer won just five games out of his 14 in charge and was fired two days after a 1-0 loss at Sampdoria that left the Milan club in 12th place.
De Boer is Palace’s fifth permanent manager in four years, though marks a significant move away from the more old school British coaches they have opted for recently.
In fact, he is only the second foreign manager to take charge of Palace after Italian player-coach Attilio Lombardo’s seven-game spell in 1998.
Eagles chairman Steve Parish said:
“We have undertaken a thorough interview process to ensure we are in a position to appoint a manager of the calibre and experience that Frank brings with him.
“I am pleased to welcome him to Crystal Palace and I know he cannot wait to get started and prepare for our record-breaking fifth season in the top flight.”
De Boer is noted for playing a very technical, possession-based brand of football that suited the Ajax academy perfectly but was less effective in Serie A. So it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the Premier League and how the players can get used to his style of play. Hopefully, he will have a great time at the Selhurst Park.