Throughout 2015, Newcastle were constantly linked with Frank de Boer.

The then Ajax Manager repeatedly reported to be a possibility to replace John Carver and then Steve McClaren.

Despite regularly saying how much he would like to manage in England one day, Frank de Boer stayed at Ajax until summer 2016, then joined Inter Milan.

Inter were looking to move on from finishing fourth in 2015/16 and in a way they did, as Frank de Boer was sacked after only 85 days in charge with the club 12th in Serie A.

Since that sacking in November 2016 not much to report but now Monday afternoon has seen Crystal Palace surprisingly announce Frank de Boer as their new boss, replacing Sam Allardyce.

During his times of being linked to Newcastle, de Boer’s brother Ronald confirmed that at one time Newcastle had made an approach.

Whilst a number of times Frank de Boer himself also name-checked Newcastle, including this one when speaking to BBC World Service in October 2015:

“They are fantastic clubs, Liverpool and Newcastle, with their supporters behind them, fantastic environments to coach, but this year it is important for me to do well at Ajax and then we will see.”

Crystal Palace Official Statement 26 June 2017:

‘Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to announce Frank de Boer as the club’s new Manager on a three year contract.

De Boer has previously managed Ajax and Inter Milan, and his managerial honours include four consecutive Eredivisie titles.

De Boer was unveiled as the new manager at the club’s training ground today in front of the world’s media, on what is an historic day for the club as it also revealed its new main sponsor, ManBetX, in a record deal for the club.

Chairman Steve Parish said:

“We have undertaken a thorough interview process to ensure we are in a position to appoint a manager of the calibre and experience that Frank brings with him.

“I am pleased to welcome him to Crystal Palace and I know he cannot wait to get started and prepare for our record breaking fifth season in the top flight.”

Frank de Boer:

“I am thrilled to be appointed as manager of Crystal Palace Football Club.

“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.

“This role is a hugely exciting opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to get started in the Premier League with the players and staff here in south London.”