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Former Ajax coach- Frank de Boer takes over crystal palace

Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Frank de Boer as their manager on a three-year contract. The former Holland international is their fifth permanent manager in four years, succeeding Sam Allardyce, who surprisingly resigned last month.

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“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.”

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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 and won the Champions League seven years later.

He returned in 2007 as a youth coach and went on to take charge of the first team over a six-season spell that led to four Eredivisie titles.

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