De Boer hired as manager of Crystal Palace


June 27, 2017
Frank de Boer (front row right) poses with other members of The Netherlands football team ahead of a Euro 2000 game against France. Also pictured are (back row, left to right) Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Sander Westerveld, Jaap Stam, Paul Bosvelt (L-R, bottom row) Arthur Numan, Edgar Davids, Boudewijn Zenden, Phillip Cocu and de Boer.

Former Netherlands defender Frank de Boer was hired as manager of Crystal Palace yesterday taking his first coaching job in English seven months after getting fired by Inter Milan.

De Boer signed a three-year deal, saying his priority was to make Palace a "solid Premier League club" after its recent battles to avoid relegation from England's lucrative top division.

De Boer led Ajax to four straight league titles during his time at the Dutch club from 2010-16 before joining Inter, where his reputation was damaged by lasting only 14 matches and 84 days in charge.

When asked what went wrong at Inter, De Boer said at his presentation as Palace manager: "A lot, especially at the start of preseason. I learned a lot. Hopefully I can bring that experience here to Crystal Palace."

De Boer, who is Palace's fifth manager in the last four years, said he was close to taking over at Everton last year only for compatriot Ronald Koeman to get the job.

Palace, whose owners are American, has been without a manager since Sam Allardyce quit last month after keeping the team in the Premier League following a flurry of late-season wins.

Palace played a direct, counter-attacking style under Allardyce, whereas De Boer favors a possession-based approach that got results in Dutch football.

A cultured left-footed centre back, De Boer made 112 appearances for the Netherlands from 1990-2004 and played for Barcelona during his career before retiring in 2006. He was assistant coach of the Netherlands when the country reached the World Cup final in 2010.

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