Guido Albers: West Ham managerial target Frank de Boer will not leave Ajax this year

Frank de Boer’s agent has ruled out the Dutch manager joining West Ham this summer.

Speaking to SoccerNews, Frank de Boer’s agent Guido Albers has all-but ruled out the chances of the Dutch manager leaving Ajax this summer, despite interest from West Ham.

Albers said: “Frank has agreed that he will remain at Ajax next year. Only when Ajax itself indicates they no longer want him, other clubs come into the picture.”

De Boer is one of four names on the Hammers’ managerial shortlist ahead of next season, with the club looking to replace Sam Allardyce following his summer departure.

According to Sky Sports, the East London club have highlighted de Boer, along with Unai Emery, Slaven Bilic and Marcelo Bielsa as the four candidates to take charge at the Boleyn Ground.

All four are currently in work, although Bilic is set to leave Besiktas at the end of this season, and de Boer now looks to be out of the running.

This is certainly a disappointment, as he has proven himself to be a young coach who is forward-thinking, has a habit of winning trophies, and plays attacking football. He fulfils all the criteria that the Hammers are looking for, and they would be fools to not approach the former Dutch international.

However, Albers’ comments suggest that de Boer has no desire to leave Ajax, and unless sacked by the club this summer, an unlikely occurrence following a second-placed finish, he is set to remain with the Dutch giants.

This has shortened the list to three candidates, with Bielsa, Bilic and Emery all likely to be approached in the coming weeks.

With West Ham’s season starting at the beginning of July, due to Europa League qualification, they need to guarantee a manager is in place in the next few weeks, to ensure that he is fully settled at the club prior to the very early start of next season.

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