Frank de Boer has been confirmed as the new manager of Crystal Palace, after signing a three-year contract on Monday afternoon.
The Eagles have been in the market for a new boss since the shock resignation of Sam Allardyce at the end of last season, and have been determined to take their time to ensure they land the right man for the job. And that man has arrived in the shape of de Boer, who won four successive league titles with Ajax before a disappointing spell at Inter Milan resulted in the sack last November.
He has since been out of work, but he has in the past been linked with prestigious Premier League jobs such as Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and, before they turned to Mauricio Pellegrino, Southampton. The appointment of the 47-year-old at this time of the summer will also make sure he enjoys a full pre-season with his players, and he cannot wait to begin his new position.
“I am thrilled to be appointed as manager of Crystal Palace,” de Boer told the official club website. “It is a great honour to take charge of such an 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 will be given a budget to work with during the summer transfer market, and it is understood the club have asked him to consider players who have perhaps not made the grade at bigger clubs or are out of favour. This could include the likes of Manchester City duo Fabian Delph and Jason Denayer, Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic or Arsenal fullback Kieran Gibbs.