Former Liverpool target Frank De Boer says he is ‘closer’ to leaving Ajax and moving to England
Former Liverpool managerial target Frank De Boer says he is ‘closer’ to leaving Ajax and managing in the Premier League.
De Boer was on the Fenway Sports Group shortlist in 2012 when they appointed Brendan Rodgers. At that time, the Dutchman rejected an approach as he was committed to his current club.
Since then he’s won four league titles, although last season was a disappointment and the club failed to reach the Champions League this year. Now De Boer has made it clear he is open to offers.
Given the increasing pressure on Rodgers ahead of this weekend's Merseyside's derby the timing of De Boer’s remarks in an interview with BBC’s World Service are significant. Last week those close to Jurgen Klopp indicated he would be interested in Liverpool.
A host of former Anfield targets are declaring themselves available should there be a change on Merseyside.
“Yes I think every year it comes closer of course. I’m looking maybe for another adventure. If there is an interesting club that I think with my quality I can make that team better – if I can, then I will take that chance,” De Boer told the BBC.
Asked specifically about Liverpool and Newcastle United, where Rodgers and Steve McClaren have had early season problems, De Boer said: “They are fantastic clubs. Liverpool and Newcastle with supporters behind them it is a fantastic environment to coach but this year it is important for me to do well at Ajax and then we will see.”
Last season De Boer revealed how he turned down an approach from Anfield in the aftermath of Kenny Dalglish’s departure. Liverpool have made it clear they have approached no managers while Rodgers is currently in charge, despite growing unease at the standard of performances.
“Two years ago I was very honoured that Liverpool asked me if I was interested in the job,” De Boer said recently.
“There was still was other candidates also. But I just signed a new contract and I said you are too early at this moment.”