De Boer targeting Palace stability
Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has said he is targeting a mid-table finish and that this would give him the same sense of satisfaction as winning the title with Ajax.
The Dutchman was appointed as new chief at Selhurst Park in the summer, succeeding Sam Allardyce. He enjoyed a highly decorated playing career before managing Ajax to four straight Eredivisie titles between 2011 and 2014.
He was sacked at Inter Milan after just 85 days in charge last season, but has enjoyed a rather seamless transition into the Crystal Palace hotseat.
His first taste of the Premier League will be later on Saturday afternoon when Palace entertain newly promoted Huddersfield Town. The home side are 5/6 to win, with the draw 13/5 and the away win 4/1.
Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "The motivation is to make the team better and to make every individual a better player.
"For every manager that's something fantastic. You work hard with everyone and at the end you say, 'This is what we achieved with the team'.
"Ok, there is no trophy if you finish 12th or 10th or something, but at that moment it's also a fantastic achievement for the club because they expected it from the manager when they started.
"Of course, managing another club you have another perspective on that, to be in the first four or to play [in the] European Cup or for the championship, but we are not in that situation.
"We want to make a solid club and if we achieve that, I'm as happy as when I lifted a trophy. It's completely the same."
Palace are 16/1 to finish in the top 10 this season, with Huddersfield 6/4 to be relegated.
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