VIDEO: Frank de Boer opens up about first few weeks in Palace job

Written by Robert Sutherland

Frank de Boer is enjoying being back in club football at Crystal Palace after eight months out of a job.

The Dutchman won multiple titles in his first job at Ajax but then lasted just three months at Inter at the start of last season, getting the boot in November.

But he is back in work at Palace and watched his first game as Eagles boss at Maidstone United on Saturday.

And he enjoyed being back in the dugout, saying: "Yeah very good [to be back].

"People [at Palace] are very helpful; a lot of quality not only in the team but also in the staff so we are very pleased.

"It’s always nice. The games are always the nicest ones of course training is also nice but in the end it’s all about the games." 

Watch De Boer talk about this and more in the video below.


Jason Pucheon will continue as Palace captain under De Boer

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Frank de Boer has confirmed that Jason Puncheon will continue as club captain.

Punch was handed the armband by Sam Allardyce last season and the Eagles immedieatly started winning games.

He's a local lad who loves being the skipper of the team he grew up round the corner from. He told the FYP Podcast in April: "I just always try to be me and when I cross that white line as far as I'm concerned all I want to do is achieve a win and if I can help everyone around me - and I might not have the best game myself - if I've done that and they have [played well] then I've done my job.

"It's emotional. It's a special moment for me, being at my hometown club. I've sat in those stands before, I've walked these roads when there's big games going on, so to sit there and be able to do it myself, I take great pride in in it."

Talking about Puncheon’s new role, De Boer said to Palace's official website: “He has to be an example for the team and understand the philosophy of what we want, and he can be that not just for the first-team players but also for the youngsters and that’s very important.

“At the beginning I had a look around and got to know everyone better but I had my information that he would be the best captain and he has proven that in the past three weeks. Therefore, for me there was no discussion; he is our captain.

“He knows the responsibility and what that means, and he has to be an example of what Crystal Palace is.”

Puncheon always knew he would play for Palace one day and finally returned to the team he played youth football for in August 2013, first on loan from Southampton and then in a permanent deal a few months later.

Puncheon added: “It’s a proud moment but the important thing for me is transferring what we want to be as a football club from the management and coaching staff to the players, whether they are senior players or youngsters.”

Listen to Punch on the FYP Pod here


Frank de Boer gave the kids a chance vs Maidstone and they took it

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Frank de Boer won his first game as Palace manager in a 3-1 pre-season friendly win at Maidstone.

He promised to give the club's youngsters a chance and did just that, asking U23 boss Ricahrd Shaw to put out a young team.

The kids did him proud and came away comfortable winners, although it was Jordon Mutch, the only first team squad man who played, who grabbed a brace.

Youngster Jacob Berkeley grabbed the third after Joe Piggot had equalised for Maidstone. The likes of Levi Lumeka, Jason Lokilo, Andre Coker, Kian Flanagan and Tyler Brown all impressed for the young Eagles.

De Boer was pleased with what he saw and is planning more opportunities for the kids.

He told the Croydon Advertiser: "I think it was very good. The fist half I think was the most important for a good start. I saw some very good things I think Richard [Shaw, U23 boss] did a very good job to get them in the shape that you want to see.

"So I’m very happy with the performance today and looking forward to some of the [young] players joining in with first team training and getting that experience

"We already had some inside information on who they are but you want to see them in a game and I think they confirmed what has been said, that there are some good talented players and in the future maybe hopefully be first-team players.

"It’s what the club want and it’s what I want. First you look to the academy and then out from there.

"If there is no talent right now on that specific spot then you look further but we were always going to look to the academy to give them a chance.

"They did some very good things that we want to see. We spoke about what we want but they have already shown a lot of progress.

"Of course there are details and things where they can get better but for the first time they have played this [way] it’s a very good compliment for the boys."


 

Chelsea fans tell us what to expect from Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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Palace's first signing of the summer is Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The 21-year-old is highly-rated at Stamford Bridge and has been a star for England U21s too, but how will he fit in at Selhurst?

He told Palace's official website when he joined that he prefers the no.10 position.

he said: 

He said: "I’ve played in a number of positions over the past couple of years but recently I’ve been playing as a number 10 for England and Chelsea.

"Last year I was also playing in a front three. In the academy I was playing as a defensive midfielder so I don’t mind playing wherever, as long as I’m playing.”

And Frank de Boer seems to agree, adding: “He’s an attacking midfielder obviously, but with his attacking ability he could also be used as a sitting midfielder.

"We will have to see what is the best position for him and also what will be the best for the team.”

We asked some well-known Chelsea fans exactly this, as well as what else to expect from the youngster. Watch below to see what they said...