'Very difficult to say no' - Manager's brother makes revelation about Rangers interest
By James Black
Rangers legend Ronald de Boer has revealed that twin brother Frank would find Rangers “very difficult to say no to” if they were to offer him the manager’s job at Ibrox.
Frank de Boer is currently out of work after leaving Crystal Palace just 77 days after being appointed.
Rangers are looking for a new boss after sacking Pedro Caixinha after only 229 days in the hotseat – making him the shortest-reigning Rangers boss in history.
The 47-year-old Dutchman had a short spell playing for the Gers toward the end of his playing career – alongside twin Ronald – in 2004 before moving into coaching in 2007.
Ronald thinks his brother would jump at the opportunity to move to Rangers – although he is also likely to be in the running for the Holland job when Dick Advocaat retires after Tuesday’s friendly with Romania.
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“The Dutch team will be one of Frank’s things ‘to do,’ but if a big club came knocking on the door that would be very difficult to say no to,” Ronald de Boer said, as quoted by the BBC.
“It would be the same with Rangers, he would think about it for sure, he had a great time there although it was a short spell.
“I don’t know.
“Rangers is a challenge, it’s a helluva task as we have seen over the last few years that there is no stopping Celtic, so it is a challenge.
“But, I don’t know if he is, at this moment, ready to take that challenge.”
During an illustrious playing career – which included spells with Ajax, Barcelona and Galatasaray – Frank de Boer lifted five Dutch titles, two Dutch cups, a Spanish title, a European Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
After taking the managerial reigns at Ajax in 2010, de Boer then went on to become the first coach to win four consecutive Eredivisie before short, unsuccessful spells with Inter Milan and Crystal Palace.
Football Insider Verdict
There must be something in the water in Holland just now. Yesterday on Wednesday it was Gio van Bronckhorst and today it’s Frank de Boer. Maybe tomorrow Bert Konterman will tell the world how Arthur Numan is the best choice to take over from Caixinha. That said, de Boer could be a very interesting opportunity for Rangers. Despite bombing at Palace and Inter, de Boer has shown he can work well with his success at Ajax. Whether it was just a case of the right man having the right tools available to him or a manager getting more than the sum of his squad’s ability remains to be seen. Still, he’s a better option than Steve McClaren.
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