The 46-year-old is believed to be one of the candidates under consideration by the Everton board as they look for a successor to Roberto Martinez who was sacked a week ago.
Reportedly approached by Liverpool, whom he turned down, and Tottenham Hotspur, who went with Mauricio Pochettino instead, and also linked with Newcastle United before Steve McClaren was appointed at St James's Park, De Boer has long been talked about as a potential Premier League manager and, via his agent, he has expressed an interest in the vacancy at Goodison Park.
Having completed a post-season trip to China where he took charge of his last match as Ajax's manager, De Boer spoke with the Dutch club's official site to explain that now felt like the right time to move on despite his contract still having 12 months to run.
"I do not yet know what the next step will be, but I think I'm ready for a new adventure," he said.
"As a player of Ajax I had that at some point too. You come into a phase that you want to taste something different. Recharge your batteries, recharge yourself.
"Maybe I 'll have a sabbatical and perhaps there will be a nice new club where I see opportunities. It all can not be predicted, though I know how fast it can go in football.
"In late 2010 I got the chance to become head coach of Ajax. I had the feeling that I could handle that and that it was a good time. Something like this can now happen again."
Speculation has quietened with regard to who might be replace Martinez at Everton but De Boer's compatriot and former team-mate Ronald Koeman is reported to be top of the Blues's shortlist which could also included ex-Chelses boss Jose Mourinho.
De Boer has won four Eredivisie titles with Ajax and has tremendous pedigree as a former Barcelona player and Dutch international but is untested outside of the Netherlands.
While it was thought that Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, part of the coaching staff in Amsterdam, might be in the frame to succeed De Boer, De Telegaaf reports that Ajax are hoping to appoint Peter Bosz, currently at Maccabi Tel Aviv, as their next manager.
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1 Posted 19/05/2016 at 20:48:30
2 Posted 19/05/2016 at 20:53:37
3 Posted 19/05/2016 at 20:57:22
4 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:01:05
5 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:01:52
6 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:06:26
I think Frank will do just fine if they don't mess it up.
7 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:15:10
"Roberto Martinez, no, doesn't ring a bell".
8 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:16:59
9 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:18:27
10 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:18:56
Now my heads been turned by Emery from Sevilla, it would be nice if he could really get under the skin of Klopp, like he did last night.
I think he would relish it too, let's see if the balding transplant headed one is laughing if Emery rocks up at Analfield next term, he'd be shitting himself Royal .
11 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:21:21
12 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:21:23
13 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:25:52
14 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:29:15
15 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:46:27
Of course I wanted Martinez three years ago desperately....
16 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:57:22
What are our board waiting for?
Mourinho isn't coming, Koeman has said no and Emery will be happy to stop at Sevilla now they are in the Champions League next season.
De Boer is available and actually wants to join us!
Can't get much better than that.
Plus he likes working with youth so he's ideal really and may even bring a player or two with him! (Veltman, Milik)
17 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:02:57
18 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:03:29
19 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:06:13
My concern is that by the time we miss out trying and failing to get Koeman and Mourinho (if they are the main targets) de Boer would have signed for someone else.I wish the club would forget about Koeman and just get him signed up, he's a winner who could build a legacy with this golden generation we've got and he'll bring in top young talent from around the world.
20 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:06:13
21 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:16:37
I don't believe Mourinho, Koeman or Emery would want to come to GP as they all have their own agendas it would seem.
Either way I hope the board move quick on this and our new manager is installed by the end of the month.
22 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:19:40
We'll have FDB thanks very much and batter his team next year. The saints will do shit in the Europa League and his dream of managing Barcelona or another top team coming in for him won't happen cos he'll be sacked before the season is done.
Mark my words. The curse of European football will strike Southampton for sure. Get FDB in and lets prepare for the new season. I have a feeling in my water for next year. Lukaku? Don't need him provided we get someone like Berahino in.
24 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:25:39
If he wants to join us then I'll welcome him.
25 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:28:47
26 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:31:00
27 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:39:46
There will not be a a lot of time left before the new season starts (with the Euro's and Copa America) for the new manager to assess and speak to the returning international players and get in new recruits so time is of the essence to make a decisive monumental decision for the immediate and long term future of the club.
28 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:49:52
29 Posted 19/05/2016 at 23:32:26
30 Posted 20/05/2016 at 00:15:36
31 Posted 19/05/2016 at 00:32:35
Moshiri runs things now, a billionaire. Add the flood of money about to go running thru the Prem (on top of the money already running thru). We're an attractive proposition just . . . like . . . that.
With as bad as things got as this season went along, let's not forget that we have talent. It's not as if an ambitious manager will have a massive rebuild in front of him.
Players out of contract, oldsters need replacing, 2-3 might want out? Same at Everton as at every club. Routine.
5 weeks before the window opens. We'll have someone by then. Let's hope whoever Moshiri picks to sort it out, gets it right.
32 Posted 20/05/2016 at 03:50:27
As strangely convenient as a site at the docks suddenly becoming available for a new stadium after all these years and Moshiri having formed a company called Blue Heaven Holdings 8 months before purchasing a team that wears blue?
I have the feeling this could be a done deal and for some reason they are delaying the announcement.
33 Posted 20/05/2016 at 05:44:23
Finally we are forced to settle with David Moyes or even Rhino.
34 Posted 20/05/2016 at 08:07:48
35 Posted 20/05/2016 at 08:26:59
Honestly - I would not be disappointed with FDB, Koeman, Mourinho, Favre, Emery or Pelligrini. In that order.
Wild-cards would have to be Everton men - Eddie Howe, Unsworth or Stubbs.
My biggest thing is a candidate that understands Everton. It is no coincidence that only ex-Everton players have won trophies at the club. We need someone who understands the city, the people and the football club.
Anyone who sees Everton as a stepping stone - get lost!
Anyone who sees Everton as a plucky under-dog - no thanks!
Even Mourinho. If he comes in, it has to be to embrace the challenge and project that is Everton. Let's get back to the top table again. Compete for titles.
Never Satisfied Unless the Best!
36 Posted 20/05/2016 at 08:55:50
I think it's this lack of experience that might just be putting people off, but I would be willing to give him a chance.
In saying that the list of candidates getting bandied around seems very impressive, and I wouldn't be too disappointed with any of them.
Alls I ask of our new manager, is that he gives his players great belief, and gets us playing with real intensity.
Professionalism is also very important, and with De Boars pedigree, I think this should be taken as a given.
New manager, new ground, I just hope our bubble isn't burst again with the choices.
37 Posted 20/05/2016 at 09:16:45
Looks like Koeman is staying at Southampton if the press are correct. If the press are correct it just shows how far we have fallen as a club that Southampton is more attractive than Everton.
38 Posted 20/05/2016 at 09:25:08
If we can get a ground on "The Dock", I think it won't be long for our own stock to rise once again. If Koeman, was out of work and he then chose Southampton over Everton, I think it would then be time to worry?
39 Posted 20/05/2016 at 09:53:26
40 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:04:38
41 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:14:40
42 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:30:31
However maybe one of the criteria for the next manager should be that they have never been relegated.
FDB has won the Eredivisie 4 times in a row and missing the 5th title in 6 years this year. Koeman and McClaren have won it once and Pochettino has won nothing as a manager before leaving for Southampton he had gained 9 points from 13 games sound familiar?
My concern is that FDB might feel insulted and move to somewhere else with the delay. His agent said he was interested in moving to us he resigns what more do we want him to drive up and knock on the door?
43 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:35:53
44 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:37:30
45 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:38:23
Also, with Koeman and De Boer both represented by the same agent - what is going on there? How can he represent both of his clients? We know De Boer badly wants this job. I think the Koeman links are just a way of getting an outstanding deal from Southampton. Surely this agent will want two big earners in the Prem. Then again, Koeman to Everton, De Boer to Southampton?
46 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:41:50
Let's get someone with a winning mentality for a change, someone who is ruthless and kicks everyone up the arse. If they don't like it... get rid!
47 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:49:39
48 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:05:41
At the moment we have a short list that's beginning to look like the crown scene from Ben Hur with, according to the tabloids websites etc informing us that 'sources close to' or 'it is believed' that Bloggs will be the next manager.
But everyone; us, journalists you name it are all pissing in the wind, because no ones been approached, no statements have been issued by any club for Everton to keep their hands off their boy.
So until there's a solid approach it's just waffle. n fact add me to the list at 5,000-1 after all if Leicester can do it.
It's the same with the players; Lukakuu's dad states that his lad should go to Man U or Bayern and it provokes over 300 posts ranging from ' 'e can fuck right off' to 'can't blame the lad'.
But the players said nothing hasn't put in for a transfer request. Man U or Bayern have expressed an interest so it's as you were.
So who'll be our new manager? No idea well at least I'm honest cos no one else knows. In fact put a fiver on me at those odds you'll win 23k
49 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:27:19
Prem experience like Martinez ???
50 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:27:43
52 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:29:58
I personally think it's one of three myself. The above, Koeman or Mourinho (big 'IF', I know). I just hope it's done sooner rather than later so there's time for the man to bed in... what with pre-season and the window opening shortly.
I do know one thing: the wait is killing me. Why do you think I'm on here every day?!?!
53 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:39:59
54 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:40:17
I'd prefer Mourinho because he offers instant success pretty much guaranteed. However FDB may be a better long term fit.
55 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:40:43
That's Benitez out of the reckoning then.
56 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:52:41
He seems to have the "nutter" factor that appeals to me personally.
His team's keep clean sheets on a regular basis so that is another plus.
Put him on the short list.
57 Posted 20/05/2016 at 12:02:43
Furthermore, he uses a system that, when a fullback bombs into attack, he is covered by a midfielder. And fullbacks do a lot more defensive work than ours currently do.
58 Posted 20/05/2016 at 12:21:27
59 Posted 20/05/2016 at 12:35:21
60 Posted 20/05/2016 at 13:28:07
61 Posted 20/05/2016 at 13:37:21
De Boer seems to be the obvious choice but it seems he's playing it cool.
62 Posted 20/05/2016 at 13:52:37
* Moshiri has taken full control.
* New Manager appointed.
* Money for the new manager to spend.
* New stadium on the way.
Maybe I'm being a bit optimistic, but we deserve some good news don't we??
63 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:04:42
In fact, I still can't believe you can get 2/1 for him to be our next manager as of right now. I lumped on, so expect us to get Pellegrini.
64 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:06:44
65 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:28:07
I wouldn't mind a few of Ajax's players to be honest!
66 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:57:34
We'll of no doubt put the feelers out to folk already but will be waiting to see what's going on with certain folk, waiting for others to fulfil their commitments etc and get the ball rolling on a serious note within next week or two I bet.
But id wager that de Boer is the man we really want, seems too much of a coincidence that his agent mentions he'd like the job, then he walks out on Ajax and we sack our manager the day after. We'll of got in touch not long after and arranged to talk as soon as he gets back from China, and that'll be why movement on the manager front is slow at the min.
That's my opinion anyway.
67 Posted 20/05/2016 at 15:24:28
68 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:23:36
69 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:28:17
70 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:36:55
Plenty of food for thought in your post. Very interesting.
71 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:13:43
I want to see FDB lay into our players as per the video clip supplied by Mr Muldoon... fucking class! FDB all the way for me.
72 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:38:52
Love all the banter and felt inspired to join in.
I feel that Frank de Boer will be the best choice for longevity. No to Emery as he likes to jump ship when he feels like. He could have created something special at Almeria and didn't see it through.
My wild card? Mark Warburton and David Weir with Rhino assisting.
73 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:40:22
74 Posted 20/05/2016 at 19:00:39
My own preference is Unsy as head coach and if not the Koeman who has done well at Southampton who are really a Championship club and the ultimate sellers.
80 Posted 20/05/2016 at 20:23:47
He was odds on to get the Celtic job and hasn't, so he's clearly got his eye on other things. I just hope Mr. Moshiri doesn't even think about going there!
81 Posted 20/05/2016 at 20:31:38
On a lighter note........Who'd have thought Brendan Rodgers be back in Champions League before Liverpool?
82 Posted 20/05/2016 at 21:07:05
When asked if he sees a future for himself in China, Ajax's departing coach answered: “Not right now. I would prefer to work for one of the major European leagues.â€ However, he did have one piece of advice for the Chinese clubs: “Give young talents a chance and make sure you have a good mix of experienced players.â€
I like his comments already
84 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:16:47
Although, I am pretty sure that Jp Staam and Bergkamp would not be coming with him, what a pity, but maybe he could persuade them to join him for a year., probably a pipe-dream.
I appreciate also that he haso Prem Experience, but neither did Mourinho when he first came to Chelsea!
I also think it's a pipe-dream to do a Leicester in the first year, regardless of who the manager would be.
85 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:28:39
I love what Rhino has done with the U21's and wouldn't be too upset if he got the job now but I feel that a few years working with someone like FDB who has experience of other leagues and major tournaments would help to develop him better.
86 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:30:39
87 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:38:55
88 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:42:39
89 Posted 21/05/2016 at 11:35:53
Not convinced with most of the suggestions being put forward and certainly not Koeman. Southampton haven't impressed me at all and their so-called achievements sound like the tosh released by Everton when Martinez was sacked, last 16 in the Europa League indeed.
90 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:24:43
91 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:33:46
Aside from the obvious contract dealings, there's the issue of housing, him tying up loose ends in Holland etc. Uprooting to another country doesn't happen overnight - there's a lot to do to make it happen. Kids, schooling, housing, family, visas etc etc. It's not just about football so it takes time.
92 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:43:08
93 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:49:37
Get that attitude from them and winning trophies is no longer the hopeless fantasy we've had to endure for far too long, but it's a big ask of many of the inherently spoilt, can't-be-arsed prima-donnas currently masquerading as players in the Premier League.
94 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:52:41
My own preference is Unsy as head coach"
Apart from the not rushing bit the rest of the statement is nonsensical.
It's a "bad mistake" to think that a top class player like De Boer might make a good manager, even though he's already proven himself to be quite a good manager by winning multiple league titles in his own country?
Yet, it's not a "bad mistake" to presume that a bang average player like Unsworth would make a good manager, on the back of one solitary game in charge and a couple of seasons looking after the kids?
96 Posted 21/05/2016 at 14:44:33
97 Posted 21/05/2016 at 14:56:32
98 Posted 21/05/2016 at 15:06:20
Who's your "very good source", mate?
And David Price (#96), who told you it's a "done deal"? Both of you should get jobs in the media... you're getting your stories before them. Well done fellas.
99 Posted 21/05/2016 at 15:27:20
100 Posted 21/05/2016 at 15:38:45
All I know is that Everton need to make the right appointment.
101 Posted 21/05/2016 at 15:50:07
If he was he would have been appointed by now.
102 Posted 21/05/2016 at 16:22:33
Believe it or not the Everton manger position is unlikely to be the top of everybody's wish list. Van Gaal would become available and along with Pellegrini would not have to travel far to start his new job.
The Watford appointment takes out one potential (if unlikely) candidate. Let's not want us to rush into a silly choice because of a perceived need to get SOMEBODY in.
103 Posted 21/05/2016 at 16:24:53
Mourhino, LeFavre and Emery have all come down in the betting but I get the feeling we are chasing Koeman and until that horse bolts the rest are up in the air.
On the subject of Unsy a couple of years developing kids and taking over from the buffoon for one game does not qualify him for one of the toughest leagues in the world.
Unlike the last appointment we need to take advice from experts in the game and study CVs closely to get a good match.
There are enough proven winners out there make them want the job.
104 Posted 21/05/2016 at 16:37:13
105 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:40:30
106 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:51:54
107 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:57:41
108 Posted 22/05/2016 at 07:43:52
109 Posted 22/05/2016 at 08:59:33
110 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:09:33
111 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:22:33
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