Shock news: Frank de Boer hints at leaving and gets better contract.
Quite often in football, groundless speculation works for all parties.
A bit like when a club is happy to sell a player and the player wants to go, what is the harm in getting friendly press to put out stories suggesting this and that club have shown interest in a player. It gets the attention of other clubs, player gets sold – he’s happy and his club normally benefit by there being a bit of a bidding war from competing clubs.
Groundless speculation has also done quite nicely in the case of Frank de Boer as well.
Much press stuff about Newcastle allegedly approaching the Dutchman to replace Alan Pardew, a number of gullible NUFC fans swallow this, while the club clearly had no intention of doing anything other than sticking budget yes man John Carver into the position, job’s a good un.
The upshot for the two parties is that the speculation makes it look as though Newcastle United are looking for a credible manager/head coach, while for Frank de Boer it means other clubs are alerted he may be available and/or his current club (Ajax) are now aware that they could lose their manager.
Ending the (groundless?) speculation for now, Frank de Boer has agreed a new and no doubt enhanced contract with Ajax, announcing the following:
“I have spoken to the club and (Director of Football) Marc Overmars, the players heard in training.
“I think Ajax deserve to have this clarity and I wanted that myself as well. Ajax asked me to give that clarity before March 1 and I felt I was obliged to do that.”
All they will hear is ‘no’:
“There is a good foundation here, a lot of young players with long contracts and I still don’t feel I am done here.
“Liverpool or any other club can call my agent or Marc (Overmars) but all they will hear is ‘no’, nothing is going to happen.”
Frank de Boer also confirmed that as well as saying no to any clubs who approach him now, he hasn’t been approached by anybody, including Newcastle, this season.
In Holland, for Ajax being anywhere but top of the league is nowhere. While Frank de Boer has won the Title for the past four seasons, this year they aren’t going to, but more than that is the manner of it.
The Amsterdam club are a massive 14 points behind PSV and this also has major ramifications for European football and more importantly , the finances.
Only the top club goes into the Champions League group stage, whilst second place has to play a qualifier, third and fourth qualify for the Europa League.
Things could get even messier if either Feyenoord or AZ get a spurt on, both clubs are only six points behind Ajax and it would be a nightmare for De Boer and his club if they were caught by either.
It would have been a major surprise if Ajax had wanted rid of their manager, but De Boer is in a far weaker position now than in previous years, and so reminding his club that they might lose him may not have been the worst thing to happen to the Dutchman.
If Frank de Boer and Ajax don’t bounce back with a more competitive edge in the next fifteen months, then the manager may well be looking for a new club whether he likes it or not.