Ajax Legend In At Crystal Palace
I doubt Frank De Boer would have imagined being out of work having left Ajax this time last year? Then again the club wouldn't have thought his replacement, Peter Bosz, would need replacing either.
However, both things have happened and Marcel Keizer is now the coach at the Amsterdam Arena.
De Boer pondered a break when leaving Ajax, less than three months in at the San Siro, he got one in circumstances he wouldn't have wanted when sacked by Inter Milan.
But he's set to return to coaching, having made a decision after being targeted by Premier League sides Southampton and Crystal Palace.
It's the South London based side he'll be joining as our friends at Vital Crystal Palace inform us:
Often a decent source when it comes to news, the BBC is among those reporting Crystal Palace's appointment of Frank De Boer as Sam Allardyce's replacement is 'close.'
Palace were reportedly 'closing in' on an appointment a few days ago, which had come down to De Boer and Mauricio Pellegrino. According to the Beeb, the Dutchman was the first choice option for Steve Parish and the chairman has been told by De Boer the Eagles are his preferred Premier League club.
De Boer has been offered the job and 'negotiations are at an advanced stage.'
The BBC said: 'De Boer is thought to have impressed the Palace hierarchy with his knowledge of the club and his footballing vision. It is said the respect and humbleness he showed was striking, especially given how much he achieved as a player.'
Having endured a turbulent 85 day spell in charge of Inter Milan, sacked last November, De Boer, who left Ajax of his own accord in the summer of 2016 after narrowly missing out on a fifth straight Eredivisie title, will look to rebuild his previously high reputation at Selhurst Park.
Palace will reportedly back De Boer, 47, in the transfer market but will work on a reduced budget this summer after investing heavily in recent years - the 112 times capped former Dutch international is prepared to look at the current Eagles squad, allowing them to impress, or not, before moving into the transfer market anyway.
Used courtesy of Vital Crystal Palace.
Inter Milan, understandably, wasn't a club De Boer could refuse. Crystal Palace isn't on the same level as the Italian giants but this Premier League switch is a good move for the former Dutch international.
De Boer can test himself in a challenging league that should enable him to prove he's the quality coach all at Ajax knew he was during his managerial spell at the Arena, up to and including the time he left in 2016.