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.
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.