Crystal Palace have confirmed former Ajax and Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer as their new boss on a three-year contract.
The 47-year-old ex-Dutch international, who won 112 caps for Holland as a player, succeeds Sam Allardyce who left after helping the Eagles avoid the drop last season.
De Boer said his aim is to make Palace a ‘solid Premier League team’ and plans to avoid a relegation scrap. “That is our main target – if we do more that’s nice.”
He added: “I have my own type of coaching and style of playing. We want to be dominant when we can, but also dominate when we don’t have the ball.”
TEN FACTS ABOUT THE DUTCH LEGEND
- De Boer began his career as a left back atAjax before switching to centre back, a position he made his own for many years in the national team.
- He won both the1991–92 UEFA Cup and 1994–95 UEFA Champions League while with the Amsterdam giants + five Eredivisie titles and two KNVB Cups.
- After signing a six-year contract extension with Ajax for the1998–99 season, he and his twin brother Ronald took successful legal action to have it voided.
- In January 1999, Frank and Ronald signed forBarcelona for £22 million, joining their former Ajax manager Louis van Gaal at the Nou Camp.
- After winning the1999 La Liga title, Frank suffered the ignominy of testing positive for the banned substance nandrolone a year later. He was suspended but he was reinstated after a successful appeal.
- He briefly moved to Galatasaray in the summer of 2003 before joining his brother at Rangers in January 2004, making a total of 17 appearances for the Glasgow club.
- The De Boer brothers left Rangers afterUEFA Euro 2004 to play the rest of their football careers in Qatar with Al-Rayyan. De Boer announced his retirement from football in April 2006.
- Having represented his national team 112 times, he was the mostcapped player in the history of the Dutch national team, until Edwin van der Sar surpassed him. De Boer made his debut for the Netherlands in September 1990 against Italy.
- De Boer won four successive Dutch titles with Ajax – an unprecedented success – adding to the five he won as a player.
- He lasted just 85 days as manager of Inter Milan but, now having turned down the chance to join Liverpool during his Ajax days, he has achieved his dream of managing in the Premier League.