Frank de Boer has been appointed as Crystal Palace’s new manager on a three-year contract, the club have announced.
The Dutchman, 47, succeeds Sam Allardyce at Selhurst Park after the former England boss resigned at the end of last season having kept Palace in the Premier League.
De Boer, who was unveiled at the club’s Beckenham training ground on Monday afternoon becomes the club’s first full-time foreign boss, although Attilio Lombardo had a brief spell in caretaker charge in 1998.
The former Dutch international is confident he can have an impact on the English top flight, having seen his tenure at Inter Milan cut short in November after just 14 matches in charge.
“I am thrilled to be appointed as manager of Crystal Palace Football Club,” de Boer said in a statement. “It is a great honour to take charge of such an historic club, a club that is known around the world for its hugely proud and passionate fan base.
“I had a good feeling about the club and the prospect of managing a team in the Premier league was exciting,” the former Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers defender said at a press conference flanked by Palace chairman Steve Parish.
De Boer is confident he can help Palace look up the table.
“The club can still grow further and further, because every year English clubs spend a lot of money, so it is possible to do something well.
“There is a lot of prospect to be a solid Premier League club,” the Dutch coach said.
“I have to see the players first, but I have my ideas, maybe one or two signings.
“We want to be a solid Premier League club, not a team which struggles for relegation, this is the target.
“If we can do more, then that is nice, but first is to be a very solid Premier League club.
“I have confidence with the team who is around me and the players that we can build a solid club.”
The 47-year-old was previously boss at Ajax, where he won four straight Dutch league titles between 2011 and 2014.
The Dutchman, though, hopes he can last the distance at Selhurst Park.
“I am focusing on this job right now, not what happens in the future, that is unimportant,” he said.
“I am just concerned with making Palace a solid Premier League club.
“I signed for three years, so normally I want to stay for three years, which normally means it is going well.”