AUDIO: Ronald de Boer All But Confirms Frank Is Joining Crystal Palace

0 Posted by - June 23, 2017 - Audio, News

The sporting press has been awash with stories of Frank de Boer’s imminent arrival at Selhurst Park in the last 24 hours and now, the Dutchman’s brother Ronald has all but confirmed the move in an interview with TalkSPORT.

This link (click on the section from 9:30 onwards) takes you to Ronald’s interview.  Frank is on his way.

Despite the club being heavily linked with former Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino for the majority of the last month, yesterday saw the balance of power swing dramatically in de Boer’s favour, with news outlets all over Europe “breaking” the news within an hour of one another. Unsurprisingly given the scepticism of modern football fans, there are a few dissenting voices but in the main, Palace’s fan-base are hugely excited about what the former Ajax man can bring to the table in SE25.

Critics of the 47-year-old will point towards the dreadful (albeit extremely short) spell he struggled through at Inter Milan but the more logical among us prefer to assess the six-year stint he had Ajax, within which he managed to win four consecutive Dutch titles, having been championed for the role by Johan Cruyff after his work with the club’s young players.

There will always be a risk attached to appointing any manager without coaching experience in the English game but with de Boer’s pedigree and track record with the Dutch giants, it’s easy to see why Steve Parish and his fellow American investors are set to take the plunge.

Let’s be honest, there will always be jitters for supporters in the days immediately before a manager officially signs on the dotted line but the aforementioned interview with Ronald is about as solid a source as you can get.

A transcript of the chat can be read here.

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  • Richard C June 23, 2017 - 11:50 am Reply

    It is time for Palace to step out of the British manager box. A progressive step in my opinion and someone who likes to work with youngsters which is the antithesis of Allardyce albeit he rightly preferred experienced players for digging teams out of a hole. Let’s hope we don’t face that position again next season.

    • admin June 23, 2017 - 11:56 am Reply

      If FDB gets this right it could be an amazing move for the club on countless levels.

  • Richard Down June 23, 2017 - 4:26 pm Reply

    Hope we get this sorted quickly then we can start preseason with a manager and a clear slate, Preferred Manuel as he seemed to tick more of our boxes but am warming rapidly. May be we can shake the tabgs of low possession and directness though I hope he can make the best use of Wilf in his system.

    First things first though, GET THE APPOINTMENT DONE

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