Palace set to appoint de Boer as manager

LONDON • Crystal Palace have offered Frank de Boer their manager's job after an exhaustive search that followed the sudden resignation of Sam Allardyce last month.

The former Ajax coach is yet to accept the position as he is eager to have a further meeting with Steve Parish, the Palace chairman who is on holiday in the Mediterranean, but the English Premier League football club are confident of completing a deal to bring him to Selhurst Park.

De Boer has been out of work since he was sacked by Inter Milan in November after only 85 days in charge with his side 12th in the Italian Serie A.

The former Netherlands defender enjoyed great success in his first management job, in becoming the first coach to win four successive Dutch titles with Ajax, before resigning last summer after losing the championship to PSV Eindhoven.

De Boer has met Parish on one occasion and the Palace chairman believes the Dutchman will become the club's sixth manager in the space of four years.

The 47-year-old has been offered a three-year contract on a salary of £2.5 million (S$4.4 million), with further bonuses dependent on the team's performance under him.

There remain certain issues to resolve, such as the size and identity of de Boer's backroom staff, but Palace are hopeful of being able to announce his appointment next week.

Palace initially sought to speak to Marco Silva, but Watford beat them to securing the services of the former Hull City manager.

Their search was further complicated by Southampton's decision to sack Claude Puel last week, with both clubs seeking to speak to Mauricio Pellegrino, the former Alaves coach.

Palace have made the first move in making a formal offer to de Boer, with Southampton now expected to appoint Pellegrino.

THE TIMES, LONDON

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