De Boer interested in Everton job

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Frank de Boer has announced his decision to part company with Ajax with 12 months left on his contract and has expressed an interest in the vacancy at Goodison Park.

The former Dutch international defender took the decision after failing to land a fifth Eredivisie title last Sunday when his side could only draw and PSV Eindhoven, level on points but with an inferior goal difference going into the final day, beat FC Zwolle.

"It's the right decision for me and it's right for Ajax," De Boer said. "I don't know what I'll do next. A year without a club is an option for me too, we'll see what happens."

De Boer, who represented Ajax and Barcelona as a player, is now seeking his next challenge, with his agent saying last week that he would "love to manage a team like Everton or Valencia."

The Spanish side are looking for a permanent replacement for Gary Neville while Everton are looking for their next manager following the dismissal of Roberto Martinez.

De Boer's twin brother Ronald has spoken of his brother's keenness to talk with Everton, telling Sky Sports that he feels Frank would be ideal for the role but that it's to the club to make their move.

I think Everton would be a good fit for Frank. It's the sort of club where he'd be given the chance to show his qualities and do something special.

Ronald de Boer

"In my eyes he's the right man for that job," Ronald said. "He thought he was going to fulfil his ambition of managing in the Premier League but talks with Tottenham collapsed at the last minute.

"When you see what [Ronald] Koeman has done at Southampton, I would argue that Frank is at least as good as him when you see what he has achieved at Ajax.

"I think Everton would be a good fit for Frank. It's the sort of club where he'd be given the chance to show his qualities and do something special."

The odds on De Boer becoming the Blues' next boss have plummeted but Inter Milan have reportedly entered the equation and are viewed by some as a more likely destination for the 45-year-old.

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John Aldridge
1 Posted 12/05/2016 at 08:44:22
Yes please, I'd like to see FdB given the job - although I believe favourite inside the club is Koeman. The timing of all this couldn't be more perfect it seems. Let's see where this goes.....
Anthony Dwyer
2 Posted 12/05/2016 at 08:56:59
Weather its De Boer or anyone else, we have to get behind the appointment and look forward to a big summer of change.

Players will go and new ones will arrive, its only ourselves who will be the constant.

We have to learn to be happy again, I hope the season starts with a bang and some quality signings.

David Greenwood
3 Posted 12/05/2016 at 08:57:19
What does this all mean?

Valencia currently without a coach. Everton later today will be looking for a new one. His agent talking up both clubs.

What appeals more to him?

Nicky Styles
4 Posted 12/05/2016 at 09:20:45
Its on the official site too!
In contrast to many on here I actually wanted Moyes back for the stability, but if De Boer is as good as many on here hope he is than I'd welcome his appointment
Denver Daniels
5 Posted 12/05/2016 at 09:23:11
I'd prefer Cocu who has won the last 2 Dutch league titles as manager of PSV. But De Boer wouldn't be a bad option.
Faz Bhayat
6 Posted 12/05/2016 at 09:28:03
I would like Moshiri to go all out for Mourinho! It would send a BIG statement to Klopp and Co from across the road.
Andrew Clare
7 Posted 12/05/2016 at 09:29:44
Maybe he has been lined up for some time?
Hope it's going to happen as we need someone quickly to start planning for next season
Damian Wilde
8 Posted 12/05/2016 at 09:32:42
People still want Moyes... fuck me. Your level of ambition is on a par with Kenwright. How about we go for Neil Warnock?
John Raftery
9 Posted 12/05/2016 at 09:57:49
Whoever gets the job faces a massive challenge just to keep us in mid table next season. If we take the form of the past two months into next season we will be in the relegation pack from the start. Once there it is very difficult to get out of it.
Andrew Clare
10 Posted 12/05/2016 at 10:00:30
I'm with you Damian.
Moyes is part of the reason we have fallen out of the chase for honours with his low ceiling of attainment over 11 years. Number one reason is total lack of ambition at board level. Martinez should have been relieved of his duties long ago. I love Everton but I dislike intensely the people that are running/wrecking our club.
Nicholas Ryan
11 Posted 12/05/2016 at 10:07:57
De Boer to Everton; Martinez to Valencia...... Simples!
Dennis Stevens
12 Posted 12/05/2016 at 10:18:39

Moyes for stability?? This the manager who finally achieved successive top ten finishes in his 6th full season?? Maybe if we give him another decade or so we might get to be Cup runners-up again!
Brendan Fox
13 Posted 12/05/2016 at 10:20:47
Damian I'm with you in that anyone who would want Moyes back after what he did to the club and how he acted.

Why the fuck do you call yourself supporters if you are willing to settle for a mediocre appointment for the next manager at such a pivotal period in the clubs future?

Anthony Dwyer
14 Posted 12/05/2016 at 10:42:22
Dennis & Brendan

I don't want Moyes back but I feel he should be respected more by a large number of Everton fans.

Yes he jumped ship, but lets face it, Man u are run like a world wide conglomerate, were as we are run like a shitty corner shop who are always out of milk when you need it.

He wanted Baines and Fellaini, if my memory serves me correctly, they were his players and most managers take some of there trusted players when its possible.

As for finishing top 10 after years, lets not forget the joke of a squad he inherited and the measly budget he had to work within.

I don't want Moyes, but id take him over some people we are linked with including Hughes, O'Neil, Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe.

At the same time id put a lot ahead of him.

Mark Fitzgerald
15 Posted 12/05/2016 at 11:04:30
Agreed Anthony@14. I believe that Moyes did a solid job at the club at that time and I prefer to remember him for the stability that he helped to achieve.
Like a lot of others I felt that the time had come for a change and didn't begrudge him the Utd job as I was more interested in our next appointment.
Turns out we made a horrendous error with that duty.
I don't see the point in bringing Moyes back now other than to return the club to mid-table security.
Granted, in our current predicament, a lot of people might see that as a decent idea.
But I would hope that the powers that be realise that this next appointment could well be a defining one. And I pray to God that they make a the right call.
Whether that's deBoer or Pellegrini or whomever, I honestly don't know. And I reckon it's not the easiest decision in the world, else every premiership club would be challenging for the title.
We can only hope that we finally get the individual that this once great club has been crying out for since Kendall's glory days.
Anthony Dwyer
16 Posted 12/05/2016 at 11:10:38
Something there I've just read on De Boer was interesting.

He's the first manager ever to have won 4 consecutive league titles in Holland.

Now I know its not the strongest league, but he's achieved something special there.

Also he only lost out on making it 5 by a point or two.

Nathan Rooney
17 Posted 12/05/2016 at 11:35:10
Can we please stop mentioning Moyes as even a viable option, yesterday’s man even when he was with us - he stayed with us five years longer than he should have, and was a tactical and big game shithouse. He stabilised us, nothing more, and started the whole process of lowering expectations of the fan base.

Any respect I held for the ginger bore went with the way he handled his exit from this club, so why some even entertain the dud is beyond me.

FdB will do for me thank you very much, would like to think he would bring his backroom team with him also.

I also wouldn’t be too bothered if no new manager is announced immediately, as long as Martinez is put out of his misery ASAP, and definitely prior to Sundays game. Even if they say he will leave post-match on Sunday that would do!

It’s all just speculation currently, as the wall of silence continues from our once great club - please make some form of announcement today, for god’s sake.

Seems to me Kenwright has made the same mistake with Bobby that he did with Moyes, and became friends first - employer/employee a distant second.

Kenwright should also announce his departure prior to this evenings "awards" ceremony, and then they can both have a warm-ish reception from all, as they meander off into the sunset together with the millions of pounds they have taken out of Everton, to continue their bromance away from our club.

Pablo Brown
18 Posted 12/05/2016 at 11:43:11
John Raftery – That's bullshit, Everton were above Liverpool before Klopp took over. He's steadied the ship and got them to 2 finals with basically the same squad.
Pablo Brown
19 Posted 12/05/2016 at 11:45:38
He turned the RS down... but so did Martinez – and look at how that turned out.
Matthew Williams
20 Posted 12/05/2016 at 13:11:21
FFS, Blues... it's because of Moyes that we've come to this, plucky little Everton, lovely old-fashioned club, great fans from a great city, got a local who is the ultimate Blue in charge...

Well, fuck that – Leicester are Champs & we're the fucking chumps. Christ, we haven't even won the League Cup, never mind the Premier League title.

Our motto may be written in an ancient language no fucker speaks no more, but I KNOW we Blues still believe in it. It still has meaning today.... shoot for the stars, aim high & believe – cos we are EVERTON FC. COYB.

Paul Ellam
21 Posted 12/05/2016 at 14:11:31
DeBoer would be very welcome and if he came it shows that we do have ambition after all.
He is one of the bright young managers of world football and I'm guessing a lot of top drawer players would love to play under him.
That can only be good news for our club.
Fingers crossed this comes true!
Jackie Barry
22 Posted 12/05/2016 at 17:41:58
Show some bloody ambition and stop talking about Moyes.
Barry Pearce
23 Posted 12/05/2016 at 17:43:28
I hope it's Koeman, but if not De Boer seems ok.

The only worry the premier league is so unique, anyone can beat anyone on any given day. Much harder than the Dutch league, but what the hell as long as it's not Moyes O'neill or Hughes. I'd be happy with any of the two mentioned above.

Paul Mackie
24 Posted 12/05/2016 at 17:44:31
I hope De Boer goes to Inter. He's got exactly the same philosophy as Martinez. I don't want a manager with a predetermined 'philosophy'. I want a manager who can look at what we have, identify any gaps and then build a system that suits.
Daniel A Johnson
25 Posted 12/05/2016 at 17:45:27
NOT Frank De Boer so what big deal hes won things in Holland
Steve McLaren won the dutch league with Fc Twente.
Would the bar codes want him back?

Mourinho for me is out of a job, we could afford his wages and we have a transfer kitty to back up our young talent.

If the the reds can tempt Klopp with no european football then why cant we tempt Mourinho.


Gavin Johnson
26 Posted 12/05/2016 at 18:02:25
Daniel #25

Yes, Mourinho would be a coup and he's won a lot more than De Boar. I do think De Boar would be a better fit for Everton though.

The one thing that Martinez has succeeded at was helping improve what was already a good youth academy. There's lots of work going on at Finch Farm now for the youth players to stay at the training ground. De Boar will take to this like a duck to water. Ajax nurture some of the best young talent in the world. Jose Mourinho has bought his teams at every club and as a awful record with integrating youth players into his sides.

De Boar is also a world name who will also attract players. As for winning the Dutch league, I understand he is the only manager to win it four times in a row. Pretty good for a young manager. No manager is going to be universally popular. I think the one thing is that with the names in the frame we'll at least do better than Moyes and Martinez.

Btw, if we were able to pull off getting Mourinho I would be over the moon. He's one of the best managers of all time. I'm just unsure he'd be a good fit for the reasons above.

Daniel A Johnson
27 Posted 12/05/2016 at 18:05:34
Yeah a world name who played for Glasgow Rangers.

After Martinez I'm sceptical.

Gavin Johnson
28 Posted 12/05/2016 at 18:12:50
De Boar also played for a very successful Barca team Daniel. He's also been an assistant manager to the Dutch national side. He's got very good credentials and we'll be lucky to get him if the rumours are true that Inter want him.
Paul Joy
29 Posted 12/05/2016 at 18:13:32
De Boer also played for Ajax and Barcelona.
Mourinho ? Really..and we accuse the RS of being deluded.
Plus the RS did have European competition.

So if you wish to aim big and aim high it pays to aim accurately.

Joe O'Brien
30 Posted 12/05/2016 at 18:23:54
I agree that De Bore would be a good fit for us. Mourino has no class, wouldn't want his ego at our club. De Bore's brother talking is up too. It all points to him being our next boss. Would be a great signing. With interest from inter and valencia, I hope there is work being done in the background as we speak.
What a great day, Martinez gone and De Bore possibly taking over from him.
Mark Ryan
31 Posted 12/05/2016 at 19:04:59
Do not worry about David Moyes being given a second stint in charge at Goodison because if he is given the job I will happily crawl naked through a mile of broken glass to beat him to death with a piece of wet celery and then spend the rest of my life sat in the sunny window of Winnick Mental Hospital with potato on my chin safe in the knowledge that I had done something very worthwhile for my beloved club.

Mr Moshiri will want a top appointment and so I expect I will not be taking my clothes off. The decision made today was well made, very timely and I look forward to seeing Joe Royle and Rhino stood on the touchline at the weekend. NSNO.
Jonathan Morgan
32 Posted 12/05/2016 at 19:10:58
Frank De Boer any day of the week! People saying it's easy to win the Dutch league! How the fuck do they know!

Steve McClaren won the Dutch league once. De Boer's Ajax plenty of times and he's played for Barcelona and over a 100 caps for Holland so has instant respect from players.

Playing for Glasgow Rangers has no bearing on his credibility at all, Daniel!

Mick Davies
33 Posted 12/05/2016 at 19:21:25
Kenwright was skint; we got Moyes . . we now have a billionaire owner and some people want to go back to plucky little Everton. If you think Moyes would do better with more money and superior players, look at what happened when he took over the reigning champions.

As for Mourinho, he inherited Ranieri's side and won the league in his first season, then was backed by an open cheque book, until his safety first philosophy of sticking with ageing players backfired. His treatment of Eva the physio was disgusting, just like his vomit-inducing arrogance.

Benitez was similarly lucky taking over the sickly Houllier's team, and winning the Champions League. Ultimately he was found out, and his pathetic spat with Alex Ferguson, and his childish list - not forgetting his little club jibe - make him extremely unsuitable for EFC.

For me De Boer, with his experience at the top level, his desire to nurture young talent and (very importantly) he wants desire to manage our club, makes him my personal choice.

Gareth Ashman
34 Posted 12/05/2016 at 19:41:20
I like the fact that FDB was a proper footballing centre half and would have played with many quality defenders around him eg. Koeman. I'm sure he'd focus on organising the defence and be a great inspiration for the likes of Stones. I also like the fact that the Dutch are very straight talking, which will be a welcome change!
Bob Cumiskey
35 Posted 12/05/2016 at 20:03:45
I fancied Koeman but I have since checked his managerial record. Whilst it is impressive he doesn't seem to stay too long wherever he goes, although I don't have the benefit of knowing why he has changed club so regularly.

Not too sure about Frank but would welcome either appointment if it happened.
Paul Kossoff
36 Posted 12/05/2016 at 20:07:00
Inter are after him? Well there you go, that's us out of the running then, and I expect Uncle Bill to dither as long as it takes to save himself a few bob in wages. Never easy going with us is it?
Paul Ellam
37 Posted 12/05/2016 at 20:28:38
I would like us to bring in a manager with a name that's easy to spell.
Plenty on here seem to be struggling with the 6 letters of De Boer!
Chris Corn
38 Posted 12/05/2016 at 20:34:43
Don't know too much about De Boer as a manager to have an honest opinion , but his playing pedigree is top notch as is Koeman. Probably Koeman's premier league experience sways it. I did want Pelegrini but I am a bit unconvinced our defensive issues would be sorted. In any case, it's exciting times. Just keep the fuck away from MON, Hughes , Warburton,Dyche or Howe.
Damian Wilde
39 Posted 12/05/2016 at 20:41:50
FDB is into posession based football, no thanks.

Jose - artogant prick.


Liam Reilly
40 Posted 12/05/2016 at 20:50:16
De Boer first choice for me and he's sending out the right signals for the club to contact him.

I can't believe anyone is talking about Moyes. I couldn't stomach another year of that shite defensive football, always likely to be on the end of a good thrashing every now and again.

11 years of never winning at the Sky 4; fuck, I'm not even sure if he won at any of them with United.

Rob Halligan
41 Posted 12/05/2016 at 21:05:26
Paul Ellam #37.

De bore, De boar, De Boer. Take your pick.

Peter Carpenter
42 Posted 12/05/2016 at 21:29:50
Damian - nothing wrong with possession based football - as long as you can do it when it is needed (eg. 2-0 up, ten minutes to play) and change to something else when it is not needed (eg, fast tempo-pressing).
I asked my mate in Holland - watches lots of Dutch and English football (and has sampled the joys of Goodison more than once) - about De Boer and style of football.....
'Fast tempo yes, nastiness he has to learn more. His players are and were young and a bit light.. Get some players that are streetwise!!'
I agree with you 100% on Jose, don't let him anywhere near. The guy is a fraud - without big money he has nothing else to offer.
Ernie Baywood
43 Posted 12/05/2016 at 21:43:50
People getting too hung up on philosophies. I would have thought the only thing worse than a manager with a philosophy would be a manager without one.

You have to have an idea of how you want to play, and a plan to get there. How would you decide on your signings if you don't know how you want to play?

Bobby's philosophy was fine. He just didn't have the ability to implement it, or the sense to ensure results didn't suffer too much while he tried.

Damian Wilde
44 Posted 12/05/2016 at 21:45:58
Peter, if he pkays 'fast tempo' than maybe he's not too bad, who knows.
Colin Gee
45 Posted 12/05/2016 at 21:46:28
De Boer for me, his coaches are Jaam Stam and Denis Bergkamp I believe, image what Jaap Stam could do with the likes of Stones, Galloway and Browning. Image what Berkamp could do with Lukaku and Barkley...

I think Mouriniho would be a car crash waiting to happen, he would wind the RS up for certain though!

Ernie Baywood
46 Posted 12/05/2016 at 22:16:40
De Boer sounds alright to me. A top drawer player with a winning managerial CV. He's young and has European experience.

And he once turned down Liverpool.

Bob Butchard
47 Posted 13/05/2016 at 05:11:34
Terrific article, a real eye opener for me. No matter who is appointed, there is bound to be a risk about the outcome. Frank de Boer has a great CV as a player and regardless of the quality of Dutch football, years of experience in managing teams and players. If his brother were to be his right hand man then the depth of experience is unequalled.

The club needs a firm grip on the future. I have cringed watching games when players celebrate too much and too early and lose focus, only to concede silly late goals and consequently, points. This season has been a prime example of poor choices and players not reaching heights expected of them. The frightening scenario for me is that the season will begin all over again in three months. So a bold decision is required now and the hard work for the new manager begins in the next week or so.

Nick Entwistle
48 Posted 13/05/2016 at 12:39:16
Played for Barcelona and has national team experience. Shall we just go for Mark Hughes then?

I do not want 'young up and coming'. Who couldn't win with Ajax in Holland?

Bielsa would shake the club up... in the right way.

Derek Knox
49 Posted 13/05/2016 at 17:10:19
I think wih his experience, albeit in the Eredivisie, and his experiene as a player, consistency has been prevalent in both. Given also that we have a new owner, who has promised to fund some transfers, De Boer could be just the fit we have been looking for.

He gets my vote, with Koeman stating that he is happy to stay at Saints, I say 'Bring It On'.

He is high enough in profile, and has certainly earned respect, throughout the world, so he could have no problem bringing in top players too.

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