Crystal Palace set to appoint Frank de Boer as Southampton close in on Mauricio Pellegrino

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De Boer has been out of work since a shirt-lived spell at Inter Milan last season (Source: Getty)

Former Ajax manager Frank de Boer is expected to be named Crystal Palace manager in the next few days after he emerged as the leading candidate for the vacancy.

De Boer is thought to have been offered the job of replacing Sam Allardyce after Mauricio Pellegrino, one of the other names under consideration, indicated that he favours a move to Southampton.

The former Holland defender, 47, has been out of work since being sacked by Inter Milan in November – just 85 days after taking charge of the Italian giants.

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Before that ill-fated spell he caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs by leading his old side Ajax to four consecutive Dutch top-flight titles between 2011 and 2014.

De Boer, who also played for Barcelona and Rangers during a distinguished on-field career, proved unable to sustain that success and Ajax finished second to rivals PSV in 2015 and 2016.

Former England boss Allardyce stunned Palace last month by quitting and retiring from management just days after securing their Premier League status for another year.

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Pellegrino impressed last term with Spanish minnows Alaves (Source: Getty)

Argentinian Pellegrino, a former assistant to Rafael Benitez at Liverpool, won plaudits for leading promoted Alaves to ninth place and the Spanish cup final last term – his first season in charge.

The 45-year-old former international defender’s managerial record before then is chequered, having been fired by both Valencia and, after returning to his homeland, Estudiantes.

He is in line to replace Claude Puel at Southampton. Saints chiefs sacked the Frenchman after just one season despite Puel steering them to eighth place and the Capital One Cup final.

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