Former Arsenal man, Kenny Sansom, has publicly backed the appointment of Dutchman, Frank de Boer, at Selhurst Park.

De Boer, who won the Eredivisie with Ajax on four consecutive occasions between 2010 and 2014 before a disastrous three-month spell with Serie A side Inter Milan last term, is keen to bounce back from his problems in Italy.

Palace are impressed by his credentials and if reports are to be believed, they’re negotiating the finer details of his contract with an official announcement expected next week.

Earlier in the week, Sansom had backed Tottenham legend and current pundit, Glenn Hoddle, to be Palace’s next boss. However on Thursday evening, he showed his approval on social media at the fact that his former side are trying new things amid speculation surrounding de Boer and a possible move to the Premier League.

On Twitter, he said:

Sansom made 394 club appearances for Arsenal between 1980 and 1988 before an acrimonious departure from Highbury.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 18: Arsenal’s Kenny Sansom (L) attempting to challenge Spurs winger Chris Waddle (R) during a First Division Match between the north London rivals at White Hart Lane on October 18, 1987 in London, England. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)

De Boer is likely to become Palace’s fifth manager since Ian Holloway took over in 2012, which highlights a frustrating lack of stability at the club.

Allardyce’s defensive-minded tactics helped them concede fewer goals and earn more points in the process, but there is a genuine belief that a new manager like de Boer can get more quality out of the players as a collective.

The new managerial arrival comes a month after Sam Allardyce confirmed he had resigned from the Palace job. The 62-year-old is keen to savour life and spend more time with his family without the pressures that come with being a full-time boss.

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