Frank de Boer Appointed Crystal Palace Manager- The Perfect Fit?

 

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At 2pm this afternoon Crystal Palace confirmed the appointment of manager Frank de Boer. The Dutchman has signed a three-year contract with the Premier League club. Amidst the appointment, one may question- is Frank de Boer the right manager to finally fit the football club?

Following the departure of former manager Sam Allardyce last month, Crystal Palace were once again left searching for a new manager. Despite Allardyce guiding the club to safety last season, the former England boss resigned upon an alleged dispute with the board over the clubs transfer budget. Then shortly after Allardyce’s departure, he confirmed his retirement from football management.

For Palace fans this would have been an all too familiar feeling. Since Alan Pardew was sacked last season, the managerial picture at the club has been unclear. Even during Allardyce’s tenure at the club, fans remained somewhat unsure of his future at the club, prior to the end of last season.

Since returning to the top-flight four years ago Palace have been successful in remaining afloat. Their most successful season back in the top-flight was under Pardew as they finished 10th in the 2014/15 season. Also in their first season back in the Premier League Tony Pulis guided the club to an 11th place finish, in what is still remembered as a remarkable turnaround.

Despite the club not struggling for safety over the past four years, they have essentially lacked the figure of a long-term manager.

The appointment of Frank de Boer is an encouraging one. After a legendary playing career with the likes of Ajax and Barcelona, De Boer stepped into management. Subsequently his first managerial job was with former club Ajax. During his time in Holland as Ajax manager De Boer would win four consecutive Eredivisie titles.

Shortly after resigning from his role at Ajax, de Boer was then appointed manager of Inter Milan. However he would only last three months at the San Siro, citing a lack of direction and leadership at the club. It was a short and frustrating time in Italy for the former Dutch international.

Per the BBC Sport website dBoer stated the following “The aim is to be a solid Premier League team, not to struggle with relegation.” In addition to this De Boer also added “That is our main target – if we do more that’s nice.”

In recent years Palace fans have been provided false hope, however there may be new-found hope for the club. De Boer is a figure who has been in the game for sometime and he also possesses a different perspective of the game.

Three years ago Southampton appointed Ronald Koeman and found great success under his guidance. Despite not many playing up the possibility of success under Koeman, Saints were more than impressive under the former Barcelona player. Who is to rule out a similar possibility for Palace under de Boer?

The appointment of Frank de Boer may provided a new lease of life for Crystal Palace. As I previously said, de Boer is someone who has been in the game for a long time. Could the club finally have found the right manager?

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Cardiff Metropolitan University FC: The Small Welsh Dream On A Big Stage

Yes, this is the ‘Voice Of English Football’. However every once in a while, I shall take an exception to that. Football is brimming with wonderful stories from all over the globe. This story is no different, as it is about a small Welsh dream on a grand scale.

This is the silent but remarkable story of Cardiff Metropolitan University Football Club, as they stepped into a surreal level of competition.

A History Lecture

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Established in 2000, Cardiff Metropolitan University FC are quite literally a University football team. 16 years ago football club Inter Cardiff merged with Cardiff Metropolitan University, to form the club then known as UWIC Inter Cardiff FC.

In the summer of 2012, the club officially changed their name to Cardiff Metropolitan University FC. Then in May of 2016, the club confirmed their place in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League. This was due to Caernarfon Town and Denbigh Town being unable to attain licenses, to play in the Welsh Premier League.

Believe it or not, there is a University football team competing in the top-flight of Welsh football.

First-Class Degree Season

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Photo Credit: Cardiff Metropolitan Students Union Website

The 2016/17 season marked Cardiff Met’s first ever season in the top-flight. While the Dafabet Premier League is not exactly the holy grail in football, for Cardiff Met, it was a challenge to prosper.

Tipped to suffer relegation in their first season, their stature as a University football team would not have been beneficial.

Despite enduring a tough first half of the season, Cardiff Met went onto to finish a more than respectable 6th place. This ensured the Uni side of a play-off campaign, as they were now looking towards the prospect of European football.

Not Quite A First But Still A 2:1

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On May 12th, Cardiff Metropolitan University played Bagnor City, in the play-off final. The winner would progress to the Europa League qualifying stages. The reality of lectures and assignments, must have been a far fetched thought.

However Cardiff Met’s remarkable season, did not earn its magical ending. Bagnor City ran out 1-0 winners.

The students and staff at Cardiff Metropolitan FC should be proud. It is another sensational footballing story, even if it remains underhanded in the footballing world.

Perhaps next season they can write more magic. Either that or they’ll be writing dissertations…….. such is life.

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