Everton target Frank de Boer has been tipped to be a success in England by twin brother Ronald.
The De Boer brothers played together at Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers, along with the Netherlands national team, before Frank took charge of the Ajax youth team in 2007.
After three years leading the juniors, De Boer was promoted to first-team coach, a position he has held for five years.
The 46-year-old led the club to four Eredivisie titles during his reign, but was pipped to a perfect farewell by PSV Eindhoven on the final day this season, shortly before he announced his intention to step down.
“He made a decision three months ago that he didn’t want to continue, that he wanted another adventure or a year on sabbatical,” Ronald told The Set Pieces.
“For him it was the time to leave Ajax. He wanted to finish on a high with the championship, but that didn’t happen in the last game so he’s still sick and tired about that. That’s part of the job. He’s now looking to the future and he’ll take his decision very seriously and think what fits best with him.”
De Boer has been strongly linked with the managerial vacancy at Everton, and Ronald says he would be ‘crazy’ not to consider moving to England.
“I think he would be crazy if he didn’t have a dream to be manager of an English team,” he said.
“He wants to fit with a club that believes in his ideas, that’s important for him. Of course he wants to manage a team in the Premier League.
“Everton are a big club with great potential so it would be very interesting. There are probably more managers on that list, but I think he could do a great job over there.”
If Everton fans are looking for a taster of De Boer’s leadership, Ronald can share some insight.
“He’d bring modern football, football from the back and over the ground. Technical Dutch football, pressing forward and high, and of course exciting,” he said.
“I’ll be over a lot (to see him if he moves over). I’ve got to do a lot of television work but I’d make sure my schedule allowed me to be in Liverpool…I’m only guessing now though.
“But I hope so, I hope I can tell you it’s going to be like that.”
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