Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Well, I missed that - Crystal Palace has new manager

I completely missed the news when Sam Allardyce, who had helped Crystal Palace avoid relegation with some remarkable upsets late in the season, had opted not to return for the upcoming season.

So they have a new manager, named Frank de Boer.  According to the article, he played with Louis van Gaal (formerly the head coach of Manchester United and the Netherlands, to name a couple).  de Boer played for van Gaal at Barcelona and Ajax.

So he has good (excellent, actually) playing experience.  What I can't discern from the article is what coaching/managing experience he has.  So I went to Wikipedia.  He managed Ajax for six years, and then had a brief stint at InterMilan, which apparently did not meet expectations.  Hopefully he'll have better success with the Palace people (especially the team).

His playing career statistics are pretty impressive.

New Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer took advice from former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal before agreeing three-year deal worth £7.5m

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