Yesterday afternoon, a huge number of news outlets claimed that Dutch legend Frank de Boer had been offered the Crystal Palace job but none went into anything like the same detail as the piece attached below.
Whilst a fair few news organisations were caught cold by the eventual news of the Eagles’ decision regarding a new boss, The Independent were extremely quick to publish the aforementioned feature on de Boer, which goes into great detail about his career to date as well as his long-term plans for Palace, should he indeed take up the post in SE25.
There have been some who have poured scorn on the idea of a coach like de Boer turfing up in south London but for many, including myself, the Dutchman’s supposedly imminent arrival is an extremely exciting prospect. As a disciple of Johan Cruyff, Frank’s footballing background is one of immense pedigree, which alongside his mightily successful spell as Ajax boss, fills me with hope for what the next few years might hold.
Having been told that Mauricio Pellegrino was the favourite to replace Sam Allardyce for the last week or two, the sudden shift in the betting was a surprise but the almost always reliable David Ornstein at the BBC has reported that de Boer was always chairman Steve Parish’s first choice, proving that the club have done a wonderful job of keeping things quiet throughout the selection process.
There will always be those fans who are desperate not to “jinx” anything before an official announcement is made but I really cannot recommend the above piece on Frank de Boer highly enough. His footballing philosophy and long-term plan for the club should chime perfectly with what the vast majority of Palace fans want to see from the team.
Let’s hope he can turn his blueprints into a reality.