Coach reveals how top-level Tottenham talks collapsed at last minute
By Tony Hughes
Frank de Boer was close to being appointed the Tottenham manager until talks collapsed “at the last minute”, according to his brother Ronald.
The Dutchman is keen on a move to the Premier League after ending his six-year Ajax reign earlier on Thursday.
De Boer informed the board he wished to leave following Sunday’s last-day defeat at De Graafschap which handed PSV Eindhoven the Eredivisie title.
De Boer was installed as the odds-on favourite to be the new Everton manager in the immediate wake of Roberto Martinez’s dismissal.
The Spaniard was sacked on Thursday afternoon following a season at Goodison Park that failed to live up to expectations.
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De Boer’s agent said earlier this month the 45-year-old would “love to join a club like Everton” and now Ronald has said that his brother is keen on a move to the Premier League, revealing that he came close to a switch to Tottenham in the past.
“Frank is interested in the Everton job, but it’s not up to him to make the move, that’s up to the club. In my eyes he’s the right man for that job,” Ronald, who is Ajax A1 assistant manager, told Sky Sports News.
“He thought he was going to fulfil his ambition of managing in the Premier League but talks with Tottenham collapsed at the last minute.”
De Boer was referring to the discussions his twin held with Spurs in May 2014, when he was eventually beaten to the post by then Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino.
“When you see what Ronald Koeman has done at Southampton I would argue that Frank is at least as good as him when you see what he has achieved at Ajax,” Frank told Sky Sports News.
“I think Everton would be a good fit for Frank. It’s the sort of club where he’d be given the chance to show his qualities and do something special. He made up his mind to leave Ajax two months ago because he needed a change.”
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