If you speak to most Palace fans this summer, there is a sense of cautious optimism over the arrival of Frank de Boer in the Selhurst Park dugout but according to Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen, the Eagles faithful have nothing to worry about.
Having played under the Dutchman during part of his six-year spell at Ajax, Jan is well placed to inform others about de Boer's chances of succeeding in the Premier League. Obviously, a lot of Frank's methods will have been tweaked in the five years since the pair worked together but in essence, he remains the same man on the training ground from day to day.
Plenty of de Boer's more vocal doubters have pointed towards the relative lack of quality on show in the Eredivisie compared to the Premier League, leading to suggestions that Frank won't be sufficiently prepared for the subtle tactical battles that occur on these shores from week to week. It's a subject which Vertonghen tackles rather impressively in the quotes attached above; examining his former boss' chances of adapting to the English game quickly enough not to be seen as out of his depth.
Few, if any would argue that Palace's appointment of de Boer represents a risk on the club's part but in truth, it's one that I will wholeheartedly applaud Steve Parish for making.
We all know Sean Dyche was extremely keen to take up residence in south London this summer and a deal which saw him swap Burnley for Beckenham would probably have guaranteed our top flight status for another year but with the arrival of de Boer, the club have actively chosen to change things up with one eye on a longer-term goal. It's daunting, I wouldn't deny that for a second but after seven years of relative turbulence behind the scenes, I won't knock the owners for installing a man who could lay the foundations for a lasting and positive shift in our playing style.
Jan Vertonghen's comments about his former manager are comfortingly positive as you will see, now it's up to the man himself, his players and his coaching staff to convert their potential success into points on the biggest stage of all.