Frank de Boer managed Crystal Palace at Maidstone United in his first game in charge
That’s according to Maidstone United boss Jay Saunders, who was told of De Boer’s demands at a pre-season friendly between the two sides on Saturday.
The game was organised to mark five years of the Stones being at the Gallagher Stadium.
Initially it was planned for a first team Palace squad to travel before De Boer U-turned and picked the kids.
A record crowd of more than 4,000 saw a young Palace side win 3-1 in front of their new boss.
And after the game Saunders revealed how he’d been informed of De Boer’s plans to bring in young blood.
Frank de Boer wants to sell Jordon Mutch
Saunders told Kent Online: “I know some supporters might have been disappointed they didn’t bring more first-team players – I think Jordon Mutch was the only one you would call a regular – but you could see the young lads had a lot of ability and it’s probably nice for their supporters to see some of the up and coming talent.
“Speaking to their staff, de Boer’s quite keen on getting some of the youth lads through so I’m sure you’ll some of those names in the future.
“I was chatting to their management and they were saying he wants to bring the age of the first team down and so I think that’s his philosophy if you like and hopefully he’ll be able to do that.
Jordon Mutch scored twice for Crystal Palace against Maidstone
“You can see they’ve got some good players.
“Going forward they had some very good players, very sharp and they caused us problems.”
Mutch was the only experienced player to feature for Palace but his future at the club is uncertain.
De Boer wants to sell the 25-year-old despite him scoring twice in the Maidstone win.