Frank de Boer played total football at Ajax alongside Finidi George and Kanu Nwankwo, he’s managed to replicate the same since switching to Coaching in the last decade and has promised to do the same at Crystal Palace after he was named Manager ahead of the new season.
Palace, as expected on Monday, confirmed the appointment of the 1995 UCL winner as their Manager on a three-year deal.
The former Holland international is their fifth permanent manager in four years, succeeding Sam Allardyce, who surprisingly resigned last month.
Frank de Boer told the Club’s website that: “I want to try and play dominant when we can play dominant [with and without the ball].”
“Sometimes you have to play reactive football. I want to play dominant where we can, if not, be compact.”
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) June 26, 2017
“I had a good feeling about the club and the prospect of managing a team in the Premier league was exciting,” De Boer said.
Asked to outline the target for his first season, he said: “To be a solid Premier League team and not to struggle against relegation – that’s the main target.
“If we can do more that’s nice but first to be a very solid Premier League club.”
“I am thrilled to be appointed as manager of Crystal Palace football club,” De Boer told Crystal Palace’s website.
“It is a great honour to take charge of such an historic club, a club that is known around the world for its hugely proud and passionate fan base.
“This role is a hugely exciting opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to get started in the Premier League with the players and staff here in south London.”
Allardyce resigned on 24 May and, as a sign of the time it has taken, the club put out a tweet to show white smoke rising from a chimney to signal the news.
De Boer has been out of work since leaving Internazionale in November after three unsuccessful months there.
However the 47-year-old impressed while in charge of Ajax, the club where he began his playing career in 1988.
Mauricio Pellegrino was also in the running but the former Alavés manager ended up taking the Southampton job.