The Ajax Amsterdam coach Frank De Boer said that he has turned approaches from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool but was interested in coaching the two sides in the future.
Ajax coach Frank de Boer has said that he would be inclined to take charge of Tottenham or Liverpool in the future, but has said that he has rejected both the clubs in the past.
The Ajax manager told the BBC World Football Show that he has turned down the opportunity to manage the two Premier League sides in the past
“Liverpool especially, Tottenham called my manager with the possibility after sacking [Andre] Villas-Boas but I said, ‘No, right now it’s not the right moment’.”
De Boer, signed a new four-year contract with Ajax in the summer. However, the three times Eredivise winning manager, didn’t decline the possibility to manage the club in the future and said that would be more than happy to manage either sides once his tenure with the Netherlands club, comes to an end.
“Those two clubs are clubs that I think in the future I could be a manager of. I think the history of the clubs and what you can do with the team is my cup of tea. I’m not really thinking about it because I’m very happy here at Ajax. I’m not in a hurry to leave because everybody is still happy with me.
“I step in my car with a big smile to go to the club. I don’t think I’m finished here but there will come a time when I don’t like it any more or the club doesn’t like me anymore. Then we have to go both ways.”
Spurs’ director of football Franco Baldini had reportedly identified Ajax boss De Boer as the replacement for the sacked Andre Villas-Boas after the Portuguese was sacked after the Lilywhites got thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool. It was understood that discreet inquiries were made about De Boer and the club was willing to do whatever it tool to get the Dutchman at White Hart Lane.
De Boer certainly has the credentials for a high profile job in the Premier League. The man has won 3 league titles and was awarded the Rinus Michels Award for manager of the year awards in Holland this year for leading his club to a third successive league title. He was also the assistant coach for the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup, where the Dutch side made it to the final.