With al the respect to Crystal Palace and their extraordinary fans, the supporters are the best that The Eagles have had within the last decade. Palace have changed a number of managers and have been a team involved in the relegation battle rather than one that targets Premier League’s top 10 finish as a standard.
Last season the The Eagles recruited Sam Allardyce and credited him with the task to keep the club in the English top flight. He has somehow managed to achieve that, but at the end of the season he left the club. “I have no ambitions to take another job”, said Allardyce in May, explaining that he wants “to be able to savour life while I am still relatively young, and when I am still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager”.
Now Crystal Palace are willing to hire the 47-year-old former Inter and Ajax manager Frank de Boer. If he agrees to take on the vacant managerial post in the South London club, De Boer will be the 3rd coach that Palace appointed within the last year, with Alan Pardew, who was sacked last December and Allardyce who left at the end of the season 2017/2018. In 4 years Crystal Palace changed 5 managers.
After surviving in the Premier League, now the Eagles have to keep their stars who are facing uncertain future. Players like Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha might not want to fight for survival in another season. The Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley who has played 83 games for the club and scored 6 goals is expected to leave the club on a free transfer with West Brom, Aston Villa and Derby County among the clubs to sign him.
Crystal Palace are among the teams which bookmakers expect to fight for Premier League survival in season 2017/2018. In the William Hill Premier League 2017/2018 Relegation Crystal Palace have been given 7/2 chance to loose their top flight status. There are only few teams who are more likely to play in the Championship in season 2018/2019 according to the bookie. Those are Watfored and Swansea with with 7/4 odds, Burnley with 5/4, Brighton with 6/5 and Huddersfield Town who are the William hill’s favorite for relegation rated 4/7.
If Frank de Boer becomes the Palace new manager he will be expected to both to improve the club’s premier League status and to avoid another relegation battle, while changing the playing style of the team and making it a bit more continental.
While managing Ajax Amsterdam, Frank de Boer has won the title in the Eredivisie 4 times. He was invited to take on inter Milan in 2016, but his spell in Italy lasted only 85 days. The Dutchman has been rumored as one of the Brendan Rogers successors at Liverpool, before the club chose Jurgen Klopp for the job.