Frank de Boer interested in Everton and Valencia jobs, but will Ajax coach seek move?
Frank de Boer has emerged as a possible candidate to manage Everton or Valencia, according to the Ajax manager's agent.
De Boer has coached Ajax to four Dutch titles since 2010, but suffered agony on Sunday as the former European champions were prevented from another championship by PSV Eindhoven on a frantic final day in the Netherlands.
With PSV winning 3-1 at PEC Zwolle, Ajax were denied a 34th domestic title after a 1-1 away draw with De Graafschap, a side occupying 17th spot in the standings. Speculation is rife that he will finally seek a fresh challenge outside of his homeland.
With Roberto Martinez winning only one out of his past nine games as Everton manager, there are reports the Goodison Park club will seek to appoint a new coach for next season with major investment coming from Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri.
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"He'd love to join a club like Everton or Valencia," De Boer's agent Guido Albers said in the Dutch press.
"It's all about the right philosophy and how they play football. That is what Frank is looking for.
"I have told Ajax that there is no other club and I have not held discussions with anyone."
A stint of six years as manager at one club is a long spell in the modern game, but especially in the Netherlands where the remit is to develop talent and sell to richer, if not bigger clubs. It leaves a rebuilding job never more than two seasons away, and De Boer must be aware of the limitations of the Dutch domestic scene. De Boer has previously been touted for the job at Tottenham in the Premier League before they opted to appoint Mauricio Pochettino.
De Boer would certainly offer plenty of youthful experience and ideas from his tenure in Amsterdam both as a player and a coach. And any prospective employers in the Premier League will probably cite the success of Ronald Koeman at Southampton, a multiple trophy-winning manager at Ajax, Benfica, PSV and Valencia, to see that making the jump from the Eredivisie to England is a natural progression.
De Boer's contract with Ajax expires at the end of next season, but it will be difficult to hold De Boer if he is keen to move to a bigger club with a larger budget for signing players. Will Everton or Valencia see De Boer as a potential target? Yes, but they are unlikely to be the only ones admiring his attributes.