Steve Parish announced Frank de Boer as the new Crystal Palace manager on Monday afternoon at The Beckenham Training Ground and said that after his first meeting with the former Netherlands international the 47 year-old became a main contender for the position at the club.
“Frank was really engaging and had put a lot of work into getting ready for our meeting to cover his playing and management career. We both spoke about a revolution that we need here and how we can change from the pattern of this club over the last two seasons.
“Third from bottom on home form but eighth or ninth on away form has been our record but we want to get away from that and look at a way of getting the best out of our players and also look at how we can get through some players from our academy and get some youth in the team. As we know that is something Frank is all about and I must say that was part of a really engaging meeting with him.
“We went into our meeting thinking it would be 50/50 that he was a possibility and came out with Frank very much top of the pile."
As the Chairman confirmed the appointment he reflected on how far the club had come since taking over in 2010.
“Seven years ago when I arrived here you would never have imagined that we would be announcing Frank de Boer as our new manager.
“Now the hard work starts at the beginning of exciting times for the club, we have left the pressure of last year behind us and we move on all very excited at the prospect of him being here.”