Frank de Boer has added two of his former colleagues to his current backroom team at Crystal Palace, with Orlando Trustfull arriving as one of his assistant managers while Alessandro Schoenmaker comes in as Performance Coach.
Former Holland international Trustfull has previously been number two to De Boer during his time in charge of Ajax and Inter Milan, having enjoyed a successful playing career which saw him lift a league title with Feyenoord in 1993.
Speaking about his appointment, Trustfull said: “I spoke to Frank last season and the season before that so I knew where I was always going to end up before he started with Crystal Palace. We’ve known each other since we were boys aged 12 to 13, and we started working with each other when we were with Ajax’s youth team. We shared ideas over the years and then we knew we could work together really well.
“I think we have a good squad with quality players and we want to make an impression with them, and I think we have a good chance of doing so.”
Schoenmaker has also helped teams to league success, which he did as part of Steve McClaren’s backroom team at Twente in 2010. He worked alongside De Boer and Trustfull during their stint in Milan at the start of last season.
“At every club I’ve been at I’ve filled different positions including strength and conditioning, rehab and the fitness side on the pitch, as well as the sports science side of things,” he said. “I’m an all-rounder so I’m trying to have my input in all areas.
“First of all I want to see what they’ve been doing last season and if there is a good solid base we will build from there. If I don’t think we need a change, we won’t change because regularity is the main thing.”
Both new appointments have had spells in England before in their careers, with Trustful playing for Sheffield Wednesday in the 1996/97 season, while Schoenmaker has previously worked for Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Newcastle United.
Meanwhile, Sammy Lee and Ryland Morgans remain at the club in their previous roles, while Kevin Keen has left the coaching team. The club would like to thank Kevin for his efforts since arriving at the start of last season, and wish him the best for the future.