Crystal Palace have appointed former Ajax and Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer as their new gaffer with the Dutchman replacing Sam Allardyce, who quit Selhurst Park last month.
The 47-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Eagles, as he returns to management for the first time since being sacked as Inter Milan manager after just 85 days in charge of the Serie A giants back in November.
In a statement on the club’s website, de Boer said he was delighted to take charge of the Eagles and hopes to reward the club’s fans by enjoying a successful first season in charge in the Premier League.
““I am thrilled to be appointed as manager of Crystal Palace,” said the 47-year-old.
“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.
“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 enjoyed a brilliant playing career with Ajax between 1988 and 1999, where he won five Eredivise titles, the UEFA Cup, two KNVB Cups and was part of the team that beat AC Milan to lift the Champions League in 1995.
He made the switch to Barcelona in 1999 where he spent five years, including winning the La Liga title in his debut season, and also played for the likes of Rangers and Galatasaray up until his retirement 11 years ago.
He was also the first man to reach over 100 caps for The Netherlands as he appeared in two World Cups and three European Championships, and is most remembered for his 60-yard pass to Dennis Bergkamp for a last-minute winner over Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.
de Boer returned to boyhood club Ajax as manager in 2010 and enjoyed even more success with the Dutch club, winning four Eredivise titles in a row between 2011 and 2014.
He resigned as manager in May 2016 after missing out on five-in-a-row and would replace Roberto Mancini as Inter Milan manager in August. However, he was sacked after three months in charge after just five wins in his 14 games in charge.
I think Crystal Palace have snatched up a brilliant manager to replace Sam Allardyce, as de Boer looks to follow in fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman’s footsteps to be a success in the Premier League.
de Boer was a great player for Ajax and also enjoyed six great years with the club as manager and while he only lasted three months with Inter Milan, I think there are more problems there than just the manager.
I think de Boer is a great appointment by the club and I was surprised that Southampton did not go for him, but I still think he will have a tough job on his hands at Selhurst Park.
He does not have the same quality players he would have had at Ajax, but if he can get the best out of Christian Benteke along with a few new signings, Palace could be a surprise package next season.