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De Boer joins legion of Dutch PL managers

27 Jun 2017
Frank de Boer, Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace appointment moves Netherlands above five nations in the rankings

Having succeeded Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace, Frank De Boer has become the eighth Dutchman to manage a Premier League club.

The Netherlands are fourth in terms of nations with the highest number of PL managers, after England (114), Scotland (34) and Italy (11). France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Spain are joint-fifth with seven.

De Boer follows in the footsteps of Ruud Gullit, Martin Jol, Guus Hiddink, Rene Meulensteen, Ronald Koeman, Louis van Gaal and Dick Advocaat.

Dutch managers in Premier League
(L-R) Gullit, Jol, Hiddink, Meulensteen, Koeman, Van Gaal, Advocaat

Jol is the Dutchman to have managed the most Premier League matches, 202 with Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham.

It is Hiddink who has the best record. The 70-year-old won 18 of his 34 matches as interim manager of Chelsea on two occasions.

Hiddink's win percentage of 52.9% overall marginally betters Van Gaal’s record of 51.3% at Manchester United.

Premier League's Dutch managers

Manager Clubs Matches Win %
Jol TOT/FUL 202 37.1
Koeman SOU/EVE 114 46.5
Gullit CHE/NEW 104 39.4 
Van Gaal MUN 76 51.3 
Hiddink CHE 34 52.9 
Advocaat SUN 17 17.7 
Meulensteen FUL 13 23.1 

See: De Boer's first Crystal Palace interview

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