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Crystal Palace chairman Parish takes responsibility for De Boer appointment

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish takes responsibility for the hiring of Frank de Boer.

The former Ajax coach lasted only months in charge.

Parish told the Daily Mail: "I would take as much of the blame as anybody.

"I'd just brought in investment from new American business partners, everyone had a bit of input into it, whereas usually I would just pick the manager. Everybody wanted to be a bit adventurous and I understood that. We ended up seeing too many people and got in a muddle.

"I felt for Frank. He's a really good man. But it was difficult. I remember him talking to me about signing a player in the Championship. I said, 'Frank, I don't know what to say to you. You played 130 times for Holland, the greatest football team that ever walked the planet. You are in the all-time top XI of that team. You won every major title there is. But honestly I don't know how you think that player is going help us'.

"The problem was what he valued in a player was borderline useless for us as a team at that point in the Premier League. And what he didn't value were qualities that he needed. So it was very difficult."


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