Tottenham Hotspur may have publicly denied Ajax’s claims that they have made an approach for their manager Frank de Boer, but that has not stopped a Dutch legend from giving his backing to his compatriot to succeed in the Premier League.
De Boer has been involved in football management since 2007. He was the coach of the Ajax youth side and was also the assistant manager of the Netherlands national team. His big break came in December 2010 when he succeeded Martin Jol as the Ajax boss. Since then, the Dutch giants have won the Eredivisie four years in a row, with the 43-year-old becoming the first manager to accomplish the feat.
The former Netherlands international defender is now on the radar of Tottenham, who are set to sack Tim Sherwood as their manager at the end of the season. Although Spurs have denied making any official approach, it is hard to conceive a logical reason why Ajax would make up such a story.
Nevertheless, De Boer’s twin brother Ronald has now backed the former Barcelona player to be a managerial success in the Premier League should he move to Tottenham. The former Ajax and Rangers attacker claims that Tottenham’s “ambition” and “budget” will help him in achieving the objectives that will be laid out to him.
Ronald also underlines the importance of his brother already knowing some of the players at Tottenham. Having worked with them, Frank will be able to quickly grasp the essence of the club.
‘It is a nice club with history, one of the nicest clubs in the Premiership’, Sky Sports quotes Ronald as saying. ‘The club has ambition and the budget for it. Frank knows some of the players there, like [Christian] Eriksen and [Jan] Vertonghen –[Nacer] Chadli and [Mousa] Dembele too - there's lots of quality at the club. I think he can build something’.
It is evident that if and when Spurs officially approach Frank, they will have discussed it with the likes of Eriksen and Vertonghen. After all, they would know better than many what kind of a manager Spurs are going to get.
However, Ronald insists that Spurs will need to convince his twin brother with a structured long-term vision to leave his job at Ajax and pack his bags for London.
‘Frank's feeling is important, the club's philosophy is as well - what kind of football they want to play - that will be decisive’, said the Ajax youth team coach. ‘He will take his time, to think about it’.