Crystal Palace appoint Frank de Boer as their new boss

by Jack Kitson / 26 June 2017, 14:20

After a five-week search Crystal Palace have at long last found a replacement for Sam Allardyce after Frank de Boer put pen to paper and signed a three-year contract with the Premier League club.

In a 2pm press conference Palace unveiled De Boer as their new boss, having previously released a cheeky teaser off their Twitter account earlier in the day (see Tweet below).

The former Ajax and Inter Milan boss becomes Palace’s first permanent foreign bossĀ in the club’s history and the third Eagles manager in six months - after Allardyce and Alan Pardew - and fifth gaffer in four years.

Palace had been linked with a number of gaffers including Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino, who was revealed as the new Southampton manager last Friday.

De Boer, a Champions League winner as a player, had also been in the frame for the Saints job, but it’s the English capital he now calls his new home.

During his time in charge of Ajax De Boer led the Dutch giants to four consecutive titles in his first four seasons with the club, before moving to Italy with Inter Milan last summer.

However, the Dutchman was rather harshly sent packing just 85 days (14 matches) into his Inter tenure, something he’ll be determined to bounce back from now he’s back in the managerial arena with Palace.

The Eagles can be backed at 3/1 to bag a top-10 finish, 50/1 to hoist the FA Cup, and 40/1 to win the EFL Cup, while the more optimistic of fans can back their boys at 1000/1 to do a Leicester and stun the world by winning the league.

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