Where next for Frank De Boer?
Frank de Boer has left Ajax with immediate effect, the Dutch club confirmed yesterday despite him having a year left on his deal with the Amsterdam club.
The 45-year-old former Ajax and Galatasaray player took charge of the four times Champions League winners in 2010, winning four successive Eredivisie titles and a Johan Cruijff Shield in his tenure.
Ajax fell behind PSV Eindhoven in 2014-15 season and their failure to win at lowly De Graafschap at the weekend meant another second place finish, as they allowed PSV to snatch top spot after Ajax had been in pole position for most of the season but a run of three wins from five let PSV creep in.
De Boer’s agent, Guido Albers had recently said to the press that De Boer would fancy a crack at either the Everton or Valencia roles, as he said “He would love to join a club like Everton or Valencia. It’s all about the right philosophy and how they play football”.
Now with Everton boss Roberto Martinez under increased pressure after one win in ten games, perhaps the Goodison Park board will move for the Dutch man capped 112 times by his country before someone else snaps him up.
He was linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool a few seasons ago so an opportunity to manage in the Premier League will be attractive to De Boer.
Everton would be a good fit for the former Rangers defender, a club with talented young players and rumours of large investment from Farhad Moshiri who recently become the clubs majority shareholder and after a poor showing this season perhaps the Iranian will want to trust his money with a new manager who has won titles and has managed a high profile club before.
Valencia are rumoured to be looking at a new permanent appointment after Pako Ayestarán who was appointed manager of the club for the remainder of the season after the sacking of Gary Neville in March, despite him recording wins against Barcelona and Sevilla in his short tenure.
The pull of returning to Spain for De Boer could be a deciding factor and a chance to reignite the club who play at the Mestalla Stadium and return them to challenging the Madrid two and Barca at the top of La Liga could be a very tempting offer.
Maybe a potential destination could be his previous club Barcelona who still haven’t secured the La Liga title and could lose it to fierce rivals Real Madrid on the last day of the season.
Luis Enrique is said to be under pressure after the disappointing Champions League semifinal loss to Atlético Madrid and losing the league to Los Blancos could be the final nail in the coffin for the former Barca and Real Madrid player.