Late last week, The Times’ chief sports writer Henry Winter sat down with new Palace boss Frank de Boer to discuss anything and everything. The resulting interview is attached, in full, below.
Having worked his way up through the industry to somewhere close to the top of his profession, Henry Winter is a man who regularly manages to draw fascinating insights out of his interviewees and the above discussion with de Boer proved to be no different.
Spending time on his career as a player as well as his ideas and beliefs from a tactical and strategic perspective, Winter manages to drill to the heart of the Dutchman’s perspective on the game in its current form. Having enjoyed a wildly successful time in charge of Ajax and an equally disastrous spell with Inter Milan, the former Barcelona man knows better than anyone that this move is one which he will need to work at if he wants it to bear fruit in both the short and the long-term.
After holding detailed discussions with Steve Parish over the role in question, Frank is well aware of the traditions in place at Selhurst Park, waxing lyrical about both Wilfried Zaha and Luke Dreher over the course of the interview, adding further fuel to the fire over a potential resurgence of the Palace academy after a remarkably barren few years in terms of first-team progress.
With the new Premier League season now just a month away, fans are desperate to see how the new gaffer manages to integrate his tactical wishes after years of boom and bust timelines inside the club. For those of you who are keen to get a satisfactory steer on how things are likely to pan out, you can do no better than giving the piece at the top of the page a few minutes of your time.