Frank de Boer was one of the greatest players that Holland has ever produced, and in his sparkling career the defender played 112 times with 13 goals for Holland, and has been manager of Ajax since 2010.
Frank de Boer – current Ajax manager
Of course great players don’t always make great managers, and that’s because the requirements in the management job are different from being a player.
To be a good manager you need many skills like nerves of steel – it also helps to have good communications skills and leadership abilities, and it helps big time if you are good at handling people.
But Frank seems to be all of that that from what we can tell, and the 44 year-old has been very successful in his coaching career at Ajax – the Dutch giants – and he has just won his fourth successive Eredivisie title with Ajax.
He is the first manager to ever achieve that distinction in Holland, and since he won five Championships while a player at Ajax from 1988 through 19999 (432 appearances – 40 goals), Frank has won nine championships with Ajax, another record.
Frank was heavily linked with the Tottenham job over the summer, but that job finally went to former Argentine International center-back Mauricio Pochettino, the former Saints manager.
Frank has also referred to Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle as sleeping giants.
Speaking to NOS this summer, De Boer said the following:
“Spurs have made an approach. After the last league game I’ll think about it. I’ll talk to them and listen what they have to say. I see opportunities at Tottenham. Just as Liverpool and Newcastle, they are sleeping giants.”
“I want to add something to a club so that people can say that they see the hand of Frank de Boer. Liverpool is a good example of this. What Brendan Rodgers is doing there is an example for me.”
Since taking over the reins at Ajax from Martin Jol, De Boer has managed to make quite an impression, leading the Dutch side to three consecutive league titles. As a result, the 43-year old has been courted by a host of top clubs and could potentially do a good job at Tottenham, if indeed he does arrive.
If Alan Pardew is to be replaced – with the emphasis on if because hopefully we can pull away over the next few games and get some momentum going – then Frank could be a strong candidate.
What do you think?
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