By Wayne Veysey

14th May, 2016 | 7:36am

Everton step up new manager search by holding talks with leading contender on Friday - report

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Frank de Boer held talks with Everton on Friday about becoming the club’s new manager, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim negotiations took place between the former Ajax manager’s representative Guido Albers and Goodison officials just hours after Roberto Martinez was sacked.

The Spaniard was axed on Thursday afternoon following a season that failed to live up to expectations.

De Boer, 45, was installed as the odds-on favourite to be the new Everton manager in the immediate wake of Martinez’s dismissal.

Dutchman De Boer announced his departure from Ajax on Thursday morning after six years as the club’s manager.

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He has made it clear that he is interested in succeeding Martinez, who held the post for three years after taking over from David Moyes.

“Frank is very much interested in the job,” his twin brother Ronald said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “He has taken his coaching career step by step. He started with the Under 12s, then the Under 19s and then he took over from Martin Jol (as senior Ajax boss).

“He is now ready for the next step. Frank has already showed with his five and a half years at Ajax he brings something extra into the game.

“The Everton board, of course, have to agree with it and there are a lot of other candidates who are capable of doing the job. We will wait and see.'”

Albers is likely to be a pivotal figure in Everton’s search for a new boss. He also represents Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, who has been strongly linked with replacing Martinez.

De Boer, who led Ajax to four consecutive Eredivisie titles from 2011 to 2014, stepped down days after Ajax missed out of the title to rivals PSV Eindhoven.

In other Everton news, Robbie Savage has identified the man who would be the ideal candidate to replace Martinez at Goodison Park.