We may be forced to wait for official confirmation of Frank de Boer as Crystal Palace boss until next week but his brother Ronald has been openly speaking about the move over the last 24 hours.
After Southampton confirmed Mauricio Pellegrino as the immediate successor to Claude Puel yesterday afternoon, the path appears to be totally clear for Palace to appoint de Boer in the coming days, with both parties seemingly keen to get everything signed off as soon as possible.
Whilst Ronald isn’t expected to join his brother on Palace’s coaching staff (preferring instead to fulfill his media duties back in Holland) the pair remain hugely close, making his comments about the job itself all the more positive from a red and blue perspective.
With both de Boer brothers having received their footballing education from a certain Johan Cruyff, you can sure that Frank will look to adapt some of the legendary Dutchman’s strategies into Palace’s play as and when pre-season gets underway, whilst also ensuring that the team remain defensively sound at all times.
For many supporters, the grand plans of expansive football spoken about by both Ian Holloway and Alan Pardew during their time at the club fell short when it became clear that little to no work was being done on the defensive side of the game; a trap that I’m sure Steve Parish along with our fan-base is desperately hoping Frank de Boer won’t fall into during his time in SE25.
We still have a week or so until pre-season training gets underway but with an announcement expected in the early stages of next week, we can finally start to plan properly for the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
You might be a tad anxious about the lack of “official” news but I’m sure Ronald’s enthusiastic reaction to the job offer in the video above will settle any nerves you have.