de Boer To Reign At Palace
After careful consideration following the departure of Sam Allardyce just a couple of weeks after the season ended, Palace have appointed Dutchman Frank de Boer as their new manager.
The former Ajax and Inter Milan boss joins the Eagles on a three year deal.
For many it has seemed a long drawn out process but it is clear that chairman Steve Parish has got his man in what is seen as an extremely important appointment.
Born in Hoorn in the Nothern part of the Netherlands, the former defender began his playing career at Ajax, making his way through the youth set up before making his full professional debut in 1988. After making over 300 appearances for the Amsterdam club where he won five domestic titles, two domestic cups, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League, de Boer joined his compatriot and former manager Louis van Gaal at Barcelona in 1999 in a deal worth £22million.
In his five years at Camp Nou, he only managed one La Liga title in 1998/99 which saw the sacking of van Gaal. After receiving a suspension for testing positive for the banned substance nandrolone for which he was later reinstated upon appeal, de Boer moved on and had short spells at Galatasaray, Rangers, Al-Rayyan and Al-Shamal before announcing his retirement in 2006.
The 47 year old is the most capped outfield player in Netherlands history with 112 appearances and captained the side to the semi-finals of both the 1998 World Cup and the European Championships in 2000.
His move into management began with the youth academy at Ajax in 2007. Just a year later he became the assistant manager for the Netherlands to then boss Bert van Marwijk which he did alongside his commitments with Ajax.
He was appointed first team manager of Ajax in 2010, leading them to four consecutive Eredivisie titles, the first manager to achieve this feat in Dutch football. After Ajax lost out on the title to PSV right at the end of the 2015/16 season, de Boer quit ahead of his ill fated decision to take over at Inter Milan from Roberto Mancini. After a run of defeats in his last five Serie A matches leaving Inter in 12th place, de Boer was sacked after just 85 days in charge.
The Dutchman argued that he needed more time to make his mark as manager at Inter but hit back at the lack of leadership at the club following the takeover by Suning Sports, which he blamed for the lack of trust given to him during his time at the San Siro.
de Boer famously selected former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans on the bench for his ultimate European XI in 2013 with no other English players being selected.
Welcome to Palace Frank!