Crystal Palace appoint former Barcelona legend as new manager

The new Crystal Palace manager was seemingly excited at the prospect of managing in England.

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London Club Crystal Palace has appointed Dutch Legend Frank De Boer as their new manager. The Premier League club said on Monday that the former Dutch defender has been appointed as the new boss at Selhurst Park on a three year contract.

The Club chairman Steve Parish stated on Monday:

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.”

Crystal Palace was previously managed by Englishman Sam Allardyce in last season until he opted to leave at the end it. The Eagles had been looking for a manager to replace “Big Sam” ever since and have finally narrowed down on the Dutchman. Allardyce had taken over from fellow Englishman Alan Pardew in December after the former was sacked. Having come with the club at 1 win from 11 games and languishing at lowly 17th, Allardyce led Palace to 14th with 41 points in 38 matches. In his 24 matches at helm, Palace won 9, drawn 3 and lost 12.

Frank De Boer is only the third non British coach in the club’s history after Italians Dario Gradi and Attilio Lombardo. The former Barcelona and AFC Ajax player has had 112 caps for the Oranje. The 47-year old was the co assistant manager with Philip Cocu to Bert Van Marwijk’s Holland national team, that lost to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final. He then managed his childhood club Ajax from 2010 to 2016 leading them to 4 successive Eredivisie titles from 2010 to 2014. He later joined Italian giants Inter Milan at the beginning of last season only to have won 5 out of the opening 14 games with a squad that was worthy of challenging for the title. He was sacked after that and had been out of work ever since.

The new Crystal Palace manager was seemingly excited at the prospect of managing in England and was optimistic about faring well with his new squad.

“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,”
said De Boer.

Photo by Richard.Fisher

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