The Eagles have appointed the former Ajax boss on a three-year deal but the bookies are sceptical about his long-term prospects at Selhurst Park
Frank de Boer has been linked with Premier League jobs for several years but the Dutchman has chosen Crystal Palace as his first managerial venture into English football.
While the 47-year-old had been a sought after candidate previously, bet365 are offering just 13/8 (2.63) that he isn’t in charge by the final Premier League game of the season. It’s 4/9 (1.44) that he remains in the dugout at Selhurst Park.
While his previous job at Inter lasted just 85 days, Palace should be a much more stable club for the former Ajax boss to test his skills on the sideline. Prior to his brief spell at the San Siro, the former Netherlands international won four Eredivisie titles in six years.
De Boer replaces Sam Allardyce, who had a short spell in charge of the Eagles before announcing that he would be taking a step back from football after steering the club away from the drop.
bet365’s Steve Freeth said of the Barcelona playing icon’s arrival: “Palace have gone down a different route with this managerial appointment, and although it didn’t work out for him in Italy, we’re odds-on about De Boer being around for a season at least.”
“I had a good feeling about the club and the prospect of managing a team in the Premier league was exciting,” De Boer said. He also went on to explain that his first aim would be to keep the club clear of any relegation battle.
Having gone close to FA Cup glory under Alan Pardew in 2016, losing in the final to Manchester United, bet365 are 40/1 (41.0) that they go one better at Wembley next summer, while the same price is available about a League Cup victory.
The 2/9 (1.29) available on a bottom half finish is unlikely to see too many punters spring into action at this early stage – a 10th place finish in 2015 was the best performance since their return to the top flight – but it’s 66/1 (67.0) that De Boer’s new side break into the top four and 500/1 (501.0) that they follow in the footsteps of shock Premier League winners Leicester City.
The new Palace boss is 5/6 (1.83) to kick off his Premier League managerial career with a victory as his side host newly promoted Huddersfield Town.