Date: 21st August 2017 at 11:27pm
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Former player and manager Dougie Freedman yesterday returned to Crystal Palace following his appointment as our new Sporting Director.

Chairman Steve Parish told Crystal Palace FC that it had been a position he had been looking to fill for quite a while, and of course it’s not a new position for manager Frank de Boer as he worked alongside a Sporting Director throughout his time with Ajax to good effect.

‘This is a position I have been looking to fill for a while, someone to work with the manager, myself and Head of Recruitment, Tim Coe on all the footballing aspects of the club. I`m delighted that Dougie has agreed to accept the position and look forward to continuing Crystal Palace`s progression to become a solid Premier League club with the right infrastructure.’

De Boer added.

‘I always worked with a Sporting Director during my time as manager at Ajax and I felt this was a position the club needed, I am looking forward to working with Dougie in this transfer window and beyond.’

Freedman himself was speaking to Crystal Palace FC in a wider ‘memories’ piece where he spoke about his time with us in year’s gone by, but reflecting on the changes that have happened at Selhurst in more recent years he explained.

‘It is a fantastic achievement for the whole of the club and I am really proud of where they are, and how the magnificent work everyone did to keep the club going in difficult times has proved so worthwhile. I have a real affection for the club and everyone associated with it, and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the great support you always showed me, and wish everyone at the club all the best for the future.’

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