Frank de Boer appointed new Crystal Palace manager on three-year contract
Crystal Palace have announced the appointment of Frank de Boer as their new manager on a three-year contract.
The former Ajax and Inter Milan manager become the club's eighth manager in seven years and replaces Sam Allardyce who left at the end of last season after guiding them to Premier League safety.
"I am thrilled to be appointed as manager of Crystal Palace Football Club," he told the club's official 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."
Palace chairman Steve Parish added: "We have undertaken a thorough interview process to ensure we are in a position to appoint a manager of the calibre and experience that Frank brings with him.
"I am pleased to welcome him to Crystal Palace and I know he cannot wait to get started and prepare for our record breaking fifth season in the top flight."
De Boer, 47, parted company with Inter in November, having been in charge for only 14 matches, but during his time as head coach at Ajax he was able to deliver the Eredivisie title over four consecutive seasons.
He said he has already spoken to former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal about the Premier League. The Dutchman played under fellow countryman Van Gaal during his time at Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands.
"Van Gaal is always very good to me and we always have contact and he was the first one to contact me with this new job in this exciting football world. He gave some good tips but that is for me," De Boer said.
"You have to be realistic and see what the quality of the team is and sometimes you have to play more reactive football than trying to be more dominant.
"Of course I want to be dominant if we can and if not we have to be compact. The quality up front is quite high so every team now has to play one, two or three systems and also different styles and we have enough time to teach them.
"I will give youth the opportunity when they are good enough and I'm interested to see how talented the players are.
"It is very important to start well. It is crucial for the whole period of the season. We don't want to struggle with relegation so home games are important.
"I have heard in not so good times the fans are supporting the club, so I'm looking forward to sitting on the bench and hearing them shouting for us."
De Boer was in contention to join Everton 12 months ago until Ronald Koeman's appointment, having previously interested both Liverpool and Tottenham.
He added: "I was quite close [to Everton] and it depended on Ronald Koeman at that time. First he didn't want to go and in the end he did. Maybe I was the second pick, but he is doing well.
"I need to see the players [at Palace]. Of course I have my ideas and one or two signings that might be necessary, but first I want to see the players."
De Boer's arrival at Palace comes after a period of pragmatism under Allardyce, who replaced the struggling Alan Pardew.
The Dutchman is Steve Parish's first overseas managerial appointment and arrives after a lengthy recruitment process in which 27 candidates, including Marco Silva and Mauricio Pellegrino were also considered.
"It was a little bit surprising [that Allardyce resigned], although we felt Sam was probably going to re-evaluate his position. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Sam for the work he did," Parish said.
"This is the first time in my seven years at the club that I have had any time to re-evaluate, so I worked with the head of recruitment here, with [co-owners] Josh [Harris] and David [Blitzer], drew up a list, looked at how we want to play, how we play now, what the style of managers were and it takes time.
"I saw Frank in Ibiza; people flew in from all parts of the world to see us. But I felt this was the week to get something done.
"Perhaps more importantly than all of that, two or three days after we met, Frank's agent called me and said 'there will be a story about Frank as this club is interested. We have had a call about him but just to let you know he is not interested in going there, he just wants to come to Crystal Palace.'
"We've been in the bottom three two seasons running for home form. Sooner or later that is going to catch up with us. We got away with it last year, make no mistake. We need to build a cushion and Frank's number one brief is to reduce mine and every supporters' anxiety."
De Boer's twin Ronald had said Palace fans should be prepared for "Total Football" under his brother.
"We were brought up with the philosophy of Ajax and Barcelona so you can expect a similar style of ball possession, but creative because football is entertainment of course,'' Ronald de Boer told Sky Sports. "But it also has to combine with results. Of course, he knows that this is very important. You will see a team that is well organised and playing as a team.''
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