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Monday 20 November 2017

De Boer wants 'solid' Palace

Frank de Boer is announced as the new Crystal Palace manager during a press conference at Beckenham training ground. Photo: Getty Images
Frank de Boer is announced as the new Crystal Palace manager during a press conference at Beckenham training ground. Photo: Getty Images

Crystal Palace have announced Frank de Boer as their new manager.

The Dutchman, 47, has signed a three-year deal with the Eagles to succeed Sam Allardyce at Selhurst Park after the former England boss resigned at the end of last season having kept Palace in the Premier League.

De Boer, who was unveiled at the club's Beckenham training ground yesterday afternoon, is confident he can have an impact on the English top flight, having seen his tenure at Inter Milan cut short in November after just 14 matches in charge.

"I had a good feeling about the club and the prospect of managing a team in the Premier league was exciting," the former Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers defender said at a press conference flanked by Palace chairman Steve Parish.

De Boer is confident he can help Palace look up the table.

"The club can still grow further and further, because every year English clubs spend a lot of money, so it is possible to do something well.

"There is a lot of prospect to be a solid Premier League club," the Dutch coach said.

"I have to see the players first, but I have my ideas, maybe one or two signings. We want to be a solid Premier League club, not a team which struggles for relegation, this is the target.

"If we can do more, then that is nice, but first is to be a very solid Premier League club.

"I have confidence with the team who is around me."

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