Former Ajax and Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer has vowed to bring champagne football to Selhurst Park after being confirmed as Crystal Palace manager yesterday.
The Dutchman, who guided Ajax to four successive Eredivisie titles between 2011 and 2015, succeeds ex-England coach Sam Allardyce in the Eagles hotseat having signed a three-year contract.
A graduate of the Ajax academy who went on to play for Barcelona, Galatasaray and Rangers while also earning 112 caps for Holland, De Boer has long been a disciple of possession-based football.
The 47-year-old now wants Palace’s football to evolve and reflect his philosophy, which could be argued to be a departure from predecessor Allardyce’s more pragmatic approach.
“I have my own type of coaching and style of playing. We want to be dominant when we can, but also dominate when we don’t have the ball,” said De Boer, who was sacked as Inter boss in November after only 85 days in charge.
“Also for the fans, we must try to be attractive. Palace has a very enthusiastic and passionate fanbase, so they will want to see that.”
Palace have managed to maintain their top-flight status despite becoming embroiled in relegation battles during the two previous campaigns, and De Boer wants to banish that perpetual threat of demotion.
“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,” added De Boer. “There is a lot of prospect to be a solid Premier League club.
“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 and the players that we can build a solid club.”
Palace chairman Steve Parish believes De Boer’s ideology and outlook on the game will be a perfect marriage with the south London club and its traditions.
“Palace has always been a club about young talent, it is an important part of what we do,” said Parish.
“Frank is renowned for bringing in young talent, and that is exciting. The effort he made to know about the club and how we play was unbelievably impressive.
“Frank made it very clear in meeting us that this was a great opportunity for him, and that means a lot also.”