De Boer looking forward as he departs Ajax

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As he prepares to leave his "first love" after six years at the helm at Ajax Amsterdam, Frank de Boer says he does not know what he will do next but is ready for his "next adventure."

The 46-year-old is believed to be one of the candidates under consideration by the Everton board as they look for a successor to Roberto Martinez who was sacked a week ago.

Reportedly approached by Liverpool, whom he turned down, and Tottenham Hotspur, who went with Mauricio Pochettino instead, and also linked with Newcastle United before Steve McClaren was appointed at St James's Park, De Boer has long been talked about as a potential Premier League manager and, via his agent, he has expressed an interest in the vacancy at Goodison Park.

Having completed a post-season trip to China where he took charge of his last match as Ajax's manager, De Boer spoke with the Dutch club's official site to explain that now felt like the right time to move on despite his contract still having 12 months to run.

"I do not yet know what the next step will be, but I think I'm ready for a new adventure," he said.

"As a player of Ajax I had that at some point too. You come into a phase that you want to taste something different. Recharge your batteries, recharge yourself.

"Maybe I 'll have a sabbatical and perhaps there will be a nice new club where I see opportunities. It all can not be predicted, though I know how fast it can go in football.

"In late 2010 I got the chance to become head coach of Ajax. I had the feeling that I could handle that and that it was a good time. Something like this can now happen again."

Speculation has quietened with regard to who might be replace Martinez at Everton but De Boer's compatriot and former team-mate Ronald Koeman is reported to be top of the Blues's shortlist which could also included ex-Chelses boss Jose Mourinho.

De Boer has won four Eredivisie titles with Ajax and has tremendous pedigree as a former Barcelona player and Dutch international but is untested outside of the Netherlands.

While it was thought that Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, part of the coaching staff in Amsterdam, might be in the frame to succeed De Boer, De Telegaaf reports that Ajax are hoping to appoint Peter Bosz, currently at Maccabi Tel Aviv, as their next manager.


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Ged Simpson
1 Posted 19/05/2016 at 20:48:30
He's the one for me, even if Mourinho was willing.
Paul Avery
2 Posted 19/05/2016 at 20:53:37
Premier league experience essential I'm afraid frank
Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 19/05/2016 at 20:57:22
Aye, no examples of coaches being successful in the Premier without prior experience here, is there? Er......
Joe McMahon
4 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:01:05
Paul, Koeman and Pochettino haven't had a bad start in the premier league. Some people think Moyes was a success at Everton? - But defo not in Spain.
John Wells
5 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:01:52
I don't want Jose, I want the young Blues brought through. This guy can and will do that. I think when that stops great clubs loose something.
Harvey Miller
6 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:06:26
Koeman had no PL experience but still managed to do pretty well.
I think Frank will do just fine if they don't mess it up.
Jackie Barry
7 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:15:10
Certainly more high profile than our last two managers. "David Moyes, you say...can't say I have..."
"Roberto Martinez, no, doesn't ring a bell".
Ian Burns
8 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:16:59
De Boer, Dick Emery or Favre for me - Premier League experience or not! We need a manager who would give us a lift and these tick the boxes for me. Otherwise we are looking at Moyes; Hughes; Pelligrini - not for me thanks.
Nigel Munford
9 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:18:27
Poor comment that! SAF didn't do to bad after only managing in Scotland did he, and then there's Arsene and Jose, none had premier league experience before they came to your premier league.
Jeff Armstrong
10 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:18:56
Was really keen on De Boer a couple of weeks ago, but then we had Martinez in charge, and frankly, I'd have been keen of the manager of the Dog and Duck back then, and I mean the pub manager, not the guy who picks the 11 on a Sunday morning in the Zingari league!

Now my heads been turned by Emery from Sevilla, it would be nice if he could really get under the skin of Klopp, like he did last night.

I think he would relish it too, let's see if the balding transplant headed one is laughing if Emery rocks up at Analfield next term, he'd be shitting himself Royal .
Nigel Munford
11 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:21:21
FDB will be the best fit I think
Jeff Armstrong
12 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:21:23
How do you get Premier league experience Paul?
Bjoern Haall
13 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:25:52
For me it's Cocu, Favre, De Boer in that order. And Thierry Henry as a wild card.
Jim Bennings
14 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:29:15
We need to act soon on a managerial appointment, it's getting close to the Euro's, at this rate we'll still be looking for someone.
Jamie Crowley
15 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:46:27
This is my guy. I think he's the best fit at this point in time.

Of course I wanted Martinez three years ago desperately....

Paul Ellam
16 Posted 19/05/2016 at 21:57:22
Just go out and get him already!
What are our board waiting for?
Mourinho isn't coming, Koeman has said no and Emery will be happy to stop at Sevilla now they are in the Champions League next season.
De Boer is available and actually wants to join us!
Can't get much better than that.
Plus he likes working with youth so he's ideal really and may even bring a player or two with him! (Veltman, Milik)
Dennis Stevens
17 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:02:57
The Board could do a lot worse, as previous Boards have. Let's hope they get this one right, soon!
Colin Glassar
18 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:03:29
He's out in china with Ajax Paul. I think he gets back this weekend. I think something will be sorted next week.
Richard Reeves
19 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:06:13
We've got so many good youngsters that could make it with the right manager,a few might get a chance with some of the others mentioned but a lot more will with de Boer.

My concern is that by the time we miss out trying and failing to get Koeman and Mourinho (if they are the main targets) de Boer would have signed for someone else.I wish the club would forget about Koeman and just get him signed up, he's a winner who could build a legacy with this golden generation we've got and he'll bring in top young talent from around the world.
Tony Twist
20 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:06:13
Unfortunately he may be the best fit but that is because he plays similar to Martinez and therefore the players won't have to learn anything new. I thought his coaches weren't leaving Holland which makes me not want him as the next Everton manager at all.
Bob Cumiskey
21 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:16:37
FDB or Pellegrini will get my support.
I don't believe Mourinho, Koeman or Emery would want to come to GP as they all have their own agendas it would seem.

Either way I hope the board move quick on this and our new manager is installed by the end of the month.

Mark Ryan
22 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:19:40
Koeman says he would only consider an approach from a top Premier League club. That's his way of saying I think Everton are beneath me.

We'll have FDB thanks very much and batter his team next year. The saints will do shit in the Europa League and his dream of managing Barcelona or another top team coming in for him won't happen cos he'll be sacked before the season is done.

Mark my words. The curse of European football will strike Southampton for sure. Get FDB in and lets prepare for the new season. I have a feeling in my water for next year. Lukaku? Don't need him provided we get someone like Berahino in.
Ernie Baywood
24 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:25:39
Lots out credible coaches out there. This one has a legendary profile as a player, is used to winning things, and is available by his own choice (most will be available due to failure, such as Moyes).

If he wants to join us then I'll welcome him.

Kim Vivian
25 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:28:47
I have a hunch about R Mancini. Good pedigree, done well with Inter, certainly knows the prem and wants back to England I think. I'd be happy with RM!
Charlie Burnett
26 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:31:00
Get someone in for 3 years take us to the next level and the we have a new stadium to offer the new manager to take us even higher up the ladder
Brendan Fox
27 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:39:46
I hope the club make an appointment soon after all the required due diligence is completed but soon enough to allow the new manager whoever it may be (De Boer is a good shout) to have the right amount of time to assess the structure of the club, the players whom are not on international duty and set up their pre-season regime nice and early.

There will not be a a lot of time left before the new season starts (with the Euro's and Copa America) for the new manager to assess and speak to the returning international players and get in new recruits so time is of the essence to make a decisive monumental decision for the immediate and long term future of the club.

James Stewart
28 Posted 19/05/2016 at 22:49:52
He shares the same agent as Koeman so he will know exactly what the score is.
Gerard Carey
29 Posted 19/05/2016 at 23:32:26
Just needs to be sorted as quick as possible and thats before the Euros. Please Mr Moshiri don't drag your feet on this.
Les Martin
30 Posted 20/05/2016 at 00:15:36
Whoever it is, I am sure he will be appointed before the Euros start on the 10th, possibly by the beginning of next month.
James Flynn
31 Posted 19/05/2016 at 00:32:35
The days are over whereby Everton is not an attractive Club for a manager with options. Those days are over.

Moshiri runs things now, a billionaire. Add the flood of money about to go running thru the Prem (on top of the money already running thru). We're an attractive proposition just . . . like . . . that.

With as bad as things got as this season went along, let's not forget that we have talent. It's not as if an ambitious manager will have a massive rebuild in front of him.

Players out of contract, oldsters need replacing, 2-3 might want out? Same at Everton as at every club. Routine.

5 weeks before the window opens. We'll have someone by then. Let's hope whoever Moshiri picks to sort it out, gets it right.

Eric Myles
32 Posted 20/05/2016 at 03:50:27
It seems strangely convenient that FdB quit his 'first love' with 1 year left on his contract just when we are looking for a manager.

As strangely convenient as a site at the docks suddenly becoming available for a new stadium after all these years and Moshiri having formed a company called Blue Heaven Holdings 8 months before purchasing a team that wears blue?

I have the feeling this could be a done deal and for some reason they are delaying the announcement.

Rahman Talib
33 Posted 20/05/2016 at 05:44:23
In the end we get cold shoulder from everyone cause we are 11th in the Premier League.

Finally we are forced to settle with David Moyes or even Rhino.

Joe O'Brien
34 Posted 20/05/2016 at 08:07:48
I hope this will happen. Koeman was my first pick but he seems to be holding out for the arsenal job. Moshiri doesn't seem like the man who's twiddling his thumbs and not sorting this appointment out. There's definitely work being done in the background, I'm hoping it'll be fdb. He's a much better pick than Emery. Sign him up frank
Alasdair Mackay
35 Posted 20/05/2016 at 08:26:59
Interested in all these people suggesting Henry as a "wild card" Where is that coming from? Has he expressed an interest in even coaching, let alone management? Surely he is grossly under-qualified in a solid market of available managers and also an unashamed Arsenal man!? No. Just no.

Honestly - I would not be disappointed with FDB, Koeman, Mourinho, Favre, Emery or Pelligrini. In that order.
Wild-cards would have to be Everton men - Eddie Howe, Unsworth or Stubbs.

My biggest thing is a candidate that understands Everton. It is no coincidence that only ex-Everton players have won trophies at the club. We need someone who understands the city, the people and the football club.
Anyone who sees Everton as a stepping stone - get lost!
Anyone who sees Everton as a plucky under-dog - no thanks!
Even Mourinho. If he comes in, it has to be to embrace the challenge and project that is Everton. Let's get back to the top table again. Compete for titles.
Never Satisfied Unless the Best!

Tony Abrahams
36 Posted 20/05/2016 at 08:55:50
Great pedigree, and he chose a difficult club, in which to cut his teeth in football management. He could be anything, and it's only when he goes somewhere else that we will begin to find out.

I think it's this lack of experience that might just be putting people off, but I would be willing to give him a chance.

In saying that the list of candidates getting bandied around seems very impressive, and I wouldn't be too disappointed with any of them.

Alls I ask of our new manager, is that he gives his players great belief, and gets us playing with real intensity.

Professionalism is also very important, and with De Boars pedigree, I think this should be taken as a given.

New manager, new ground, I just hope our bubble isn't burst again with the choices.

Brian Harrison
37 Posted 20/05/2016 at 09:16:45
Well if its going to be FDB then we should find out fairly quickly, there will be no need to approach Ajax or pay compensation. So if it is going to be him I would think he will be here next week.

Looks like Koeman is staying at Southampton if the press are correct. If the press are correct it just shows how far we have fallen as a club that Southampton is more attractive than Everton.

Tony Abrahams
38 Posted 20/05/2016 at 09:25:08
Two ways of looking at that really Brian 37. He's doing a great job for the saints, and his stock has risen a lot higher, so maybe he's hanging on for what HE considers a really top job.

If we can get a ground on "The Dock", I think it won't be long for our own stock to rise once again. If Koeman, was out of work and he then chose Southampton over Everton, I think it would then be time to worry?

Alan J Thompson
39 Posted 20/05/2016 at 09:53:26
Its probably me growing impatient but I wish they would just get on with it. The longer we wait the more it seems we're waiting to be turned down by someone.
Ian Burns
40 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:04:38
Alan - 39 - don't be impatient, it is the anticipation which is the best part - at least according to my wife!
Alan J Thompson
41 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:14:40
Sorry, Ian, never met the wife. Well, yours anyway. Come to think of, least said.
Frank Thomas
42 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:30:31
Sorry Paul (2) but you opened up a can of worms. We had a manager who had 4 years of premiership football. Newcastle Utd had one who also had England and foreign experience and Chelsea had one with premiership winners experience did not stop them nearly sliding into the Championship only Guus's intervention stopped that happening.

However maybe one of the criteria for the next manager should be that they have never been relegated.

FDB has won the Eredivisie 4 times in a row and missing the 5th title in 6 years this year. Koeman and McClaren have won it once and Pochettino has won nothing as a manager before leaving for Southampton he had gained 9 points from 13 games sound familiar?

My concern is that FDB might feel insulted and move to somewhere else with the delay. His agent said he was interested in moving to us he resigns what more do we want him to drive up and knock on the door?

Paul Mackie
43 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:35:53
Ok, I've done a bit more research and am now firmly aboard the FDB hype train. Get him signed up!
Frank Thomas
44 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:37:30
I don't mind FDB leading us to 4 consecutive premiership titles and then leaving after a total of 6 years. I think he is probably naffed off by Koeman and other inferior coaches being so richly rewarded for producing such poor teams. It would not bother me not winning the CL but I bet we would get further than Ajax.
Robbie Muldoon
45 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:38:23
I think we need a bit of this instilled in the squad (the bit where De Boer is kicking off with the white shirt on is because Ajax conceded a goal - but they were 5-0 up!)

Also, with Koeman and De Boer both represented by the same agent - what is going on there? How can he represent both of his clients? We know De Boer badly wants this job. I think the Koeman links are just a way of getting an outstanding deal from Southampton. Surely this agent will want two big earners in the Prem. Then again, Koeman to Everton, De Boer to Southampton?

George Cumiskey
46 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:41:50
Why do people keep mentioning Pellegrini and Mancini? Haven't they watched Man City this season and seen their defence? No thanks... And Mancini keeps falling out with everyone... no thanks, again.

Let's get someone with a winning mentality for a change, someone who is ruthless and kicks everyone up the arse. If they don't like it... get rid!

Steve Guy
47 Posted 20/05/2016 at 10:49:39
I think he's as good a bet as any and more so than most. His comments sound as though he's not that bothered as long as "it's an adventure"......not sure I would want managing Everton described in that way........
David Hallwood
48 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:05:41
I'm wondering if there's a 'Rumour anonymous' organisation. "Hi I'm David and I'm a rumour junkie" pause for applause.

At the moment we have a short list that's beginning to look like the crown scene from Ben Hur with, according to the tabloids websites etc informing us that 'sources close to' or 'it is believed' that Bloggs will be the next manager.

But everyone; us, journalists you name it are all pissing in the wind, because no ones been approached, no statements have been issued by any club for Everton to keep their hands off their boy.

So until there's a solid approach it's just waffle. n fact add me to the list at 5,000-1 after all if Leicester can do it.

It's the same with the players; Lukakuu's dad states that his lad should go to Man U or Bayern and it provokes over 300 posts ranging from ' 'e can fuck right off' to 'can't blame the lad'.

But the players said nothing hasn't put in for a transfer request. Man U or Bayern have expressed an interest so it's as you were.

So who'll be our new manager? No idea well at least I'm honest cos no one else knows. In fact put a fiver on me at those odds you'll win 23k

Eric Paul
49 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:27:19
Prem experience like Martinez ???
Tony Abrahams
50 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:27:43
Why Steve? Better than steady Eddie, consolidating, then getting us to Wembley once every ten years. Whoever comes in, I hope we can describe their time with us as adventurous.
Andy Meighan
52 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:29:58
Judging by that clip, it looks like he's got a bit more passion in him than the other arms-folded, looking-bewildered gobshite. I personally like the way the club are dealing with this, ie keeping schtum instead of all the pleasantly surprised Big-name nonsense we've had to deal with at times.

I personally think it's one of three myself. The above, Koeman or Mourinho (big 'IF', I know). I just hope it's done sooner rather than later so there's time for the man to bed in... what with pre-season and the window opening shortly.

I do know one thing: the wait is killing me. Why do you think I'm on here every day?!?!

Chris Morris
53 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:39:59
Robbie Muldooon... Love that. Looks as good a bet as any with his Ajax record, playing career and finally that attitude to conceding goals
Stuart Gray
54 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:40:17
I wouldn't be unhappy with FDB. Sure I read somewhere that he is quite defensive minded so perhaps not the type of football we want to see.

I'd prefer Mourinho because he offers instant success pretty much guaranteed. However FDB may be a better long term fit.

Eric Myles
55 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:40:43
'However maybe one of the criteria for the next manager should be that they have never been relegated'

That's Benitez out of the reckoning then.

Laurie Hartley
56 Posted 20/05/2016 at 11:52:41
Robbie # 45 - I was a bit concerned about suggestions that he plays a similar style to Roberto Martinez but your video clip has me warming to him.

He seems to have the "nutter" factor that appeals to me personally.
His team's keep clean sheets on a regular basis so that is another plus.

Put him on the short list.

Gareth Clark
57 Posted 20/05/2016 at 12:02:43
He plays a similar system to Martinez – but where he's had successes, is that he plays a 4-3-3, instead of a 4-2-3-1. He makes use of two out-and-out wingers, to support the striker. Something that lazy Rom has been lacking. As well as central mids that are creative.

Furthermore, he uses a system that, when a fullback bombs into attack, he is covered by a midfielder. And fullbacks do a lot more defensive work than ours currently do.

Soren Moyer
58 Posted 20/05/2016 at 12:21:27
Him or Emery. Either one will do. Don't waste this opportunity, you lazy Everton board!!!!
Tony Abrahams
59 Posted 20/05/2016 at 12:35:21
95% of the best coach's are defensive minded. It doesn't mean that their teams can't attack.
Wayne Dinkelman
60 Posted 20/05/2016 at 13:28:07
I don't get the whole "oh he plays football the Martinez way" but then in the next sentence is talked about as being defensive.
Anthony Hawkins
61 Posted 20/05/2016 at 13:37:21
The concern I have with Mourinho is that he's signed on a 3 year deal. LVG is then sacked by Utd and Mourinho is immediately off, leaving us where we started.

De Boer seems to be the obvious choice but it seems he's playing it cool.

Iain Latchford
62 Posted 20/05/2016 at 13:52:37
I think it will be De Boer. May suspicion/hope is that the club are going to announce everything in one hit...

* Moshiri has taken full control.
* New Manager appointed.
* Money for the new manager to spend.
* New stadium on the way.

Maybe I'm being a bit optimistic, but we deserve some good news don't we??

Kevin Tully
63 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:04:42
If Koeman isn't available, I really can't see us going for any other candidate. No compo to pay, highly though of as a player & coach, speaks English and has expressed a desire to manage in the P.L.

In fact, I still can't believe you can get 2/1 for him to be our next manager as of right now. I lumped on, so expect us to get Pellegrini.

Kieran Kinsella
64 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:06:44
It seems like the regime keep their cards close to their chest unlike ManU who leak things to the press constantly. No comment on RM at all then he was fired. No comment on stadium for months then suddenly the whole plan has changed. In fairness this is how things should be handled rather than playing out in the back pages.
Martin Swindley
65 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:28:07
New managers tend to bring one or two players with them from their last club...

I wouldn't mind a few of Ajax's players to be honest!

Aidy Dews
66 Posted 20/05/2016 at 14:57:34
I would be surprised if we've not already spoke to the agent that looks after both de Boer & Koeman and asked what the situation is with Koeman at Southampton first and then told him we want to speak to de Boer when he gets back from China and cuts his ties with Ajax.

We'll of no doubt put the feelers out to folk already but will be waiting to see what's going on with certain folk, waiting for others to fulfil their commitments etc and get the ball rolling on a serious note within next week or two I bet.

But id wager that de Boer is the man we really want, seems too much of a coincidence that his agent mentions he'd like the job, then he walks out on Ajax and we sack our manager the day after. We'll of got in touch not long after and arranged to talk as soon as he gets back from China, and that'll be why movement on the manager front is slow at the min.

That's my opinion anyway.

Ben Mackenzie
67 Posted 20/05/2016 at 15:24:28
Great clip at 45. If that's how fdb reacts after conceding a goal at 5 nil up, then that's what I want to see at Everton. Get him in I say. As Aidy says it will happen soon. Must be back from China by now.
Mark Boulle
68 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:23:36
I see Rodgers has gone to Celtic. Slightly worrying, as that closes off one possible avenue to stop the alarming prospect of Moyes coming back...
Iain Latchford
69 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:28:17
Moshiri is not going to appoint Moyes as manager. Relax.
Kevin Elliott
70 Posted 20/05/2016 at 17:36:55
Eric @32
Plenty of food for thought in your post. Very interesting.
Mark Ryan
71 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:13:43
Stop mentioning Moyes’s name please . It makes me feel ill.

I want to see FDB lay into our players as per the video clip supplied by Mr Muldoon... fucking class! FDB all the way for me.
Alan Jones
72 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:38:52
Newbie here! 50 years a true blue!

Love all the banter and felt inspired to join in.

I feel that Frank de Boer will be the best choice for longevity. No to Emery as he likes to jump ship when he feels like. He could have created something special at Almeria and didn't see it through.

My wild card? Mark Warburton and David Weir with Rhino assisting.


Tony Twist
73 Posted 20/05/2016 at 18:40:22
I would rather have koeman though Everton need to look at others that don't have the same agent. He will turn us over knowing its a win win for him unless someone else is considered.
Martin Mason
74 Posted 20/05/2016 at 19:00:39
We mustn't rush nor make the bad mistake that good players like De Boer make good managers.

My own preference is Unsy as head coach and if not the Koeman who has done well at Southampton who are really a Championship club and the ultimate sellers.

Aidy Dews
80 Posted 20/05/2016 at 20:23:47
Haha I hope Moyesy isn't being thought about for our job. I've nothing against him and don't mind him has a manager but I wouldn't want us to revisit that one!


He was odds on to get the Celtic job and hasn't, so he's clearly got his eye on other things. I just hope Mr. Moshiri doesn't even think about going there!

Liam Wilson
81 Posted 20/05/2016 at 20:31:38
Mourinho, Koeman or Emery for me.

On a lighter note........Who'd have thought Brendan Rodgers be back in Champions League before Liverpool?

Martin Swindley
82 Posted 20/05/2016 at 21:07:05
From the Ajax website....

When asked if he sees a future for himself in China, Ajax’s departing coach answered: “Not right now. I would prefer to work for one of the major European leagues.” However, he did have one piece of advice for the Chinese clubs: “Give young talents a chance and make sure you have a good mix of experienced players.”

I like his comments already

Derek Knox
84 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:16:47
Yes I agree with most fellow TW'ers that De Boer should be the man for us!

Although, I am pretty sure that Jp Staam and Bergkamp would not be coming with him, what a pity, but maybe he could persuade them to join him for a year., probably a pipe-dream.

I appreciate also that he haso Prem Experience, but neither did Mourinho when he first came to Chelsea!

I also think it's a pipe-dream to do a Leicester in the first year, regardless of who the manager would be.

Steve Pugh
85 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:28:39
Derek #84, I don't want him to bring Bergkamp and Stam. De Boer as boss with Rhino as assistant for a few years then when FDB leaves we have our next boss in place. Similar to what United were supposed to be doing with Giggs, only we need to stick to it and not keep putting it off.

I love what Rhino has done with the U21's and wouldn't be too upset if he got the job now but I feel that a few years working with someone like FDB who has experience of other leagues and major tournaments would help to develop him better.

Brian Harrison
86 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:30:39
I did hear from a very good source yesterday that Everton are still very interested in Koeman, despite what is being reported in the media.
Paul Tran
87 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:38:55
He won't bring Bergkamp, he won't fly.
Tony Abrahams
88 Posted 21/05/2016 at 10:42:39
It makes sense Brian, because he did a really good job when he started at Southampton, and they just sold a load of their squad.
Paul Burns
89 Posted 21/05/2016 at 11:35:53
Whoever comes in should be on a 12-month rolling contract like Celtic have done. We don't want to be stuck with some failure persevering with failed tactics or a stale loser for over a decade again.

Not convinced with most of the suggestions being put forward and certainly not Koeman. Southampton haven't impressed me at all and their so-called achievements sound like the tosh released by Everton when Martinez was sacked, last 16 in the Europa League indeed.

Mark Gardiner
90 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:24:43
Its gone very quiet on the new manager front. I just hope that we are not going to take forever to find him. Knowing BK we'll be sitting here two weeks from the new season and still looking for a new manager.
James Marshall
91 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:33:46
I still think it will be de Boer. People feel as though it's taking time, but remember there are human beings lives in play here.

Aside from the obvious contract dealings, there's the issue of housing, him tying up loose ends in Holland etc. Uprooting to another country doesn't happen overnight - there's a lot to do to make it happen. Kids, schooling, housing, family, visas etc etc. It's not just about football so it takes time.

Dan Aspinall
92 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:43:08
I wouldn't worry too much about Frank de Boer not bringing his defensive coach Stam. FdB was a centre-back and Holland's record outfield cap holder and ex Barcelona... I'm sure he's got a good idea how to coach defenders and won't see taking silly risks in your own area as fitting with his philosophy.
Don Alexander
93 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:49:37
The clip at #45 is interesting and I for one would like to see THAT sort of intensity from our manager. Whether the players would is a very different question though, but for all our new prospects I believe we need players who actively buy into THAT sort of intensity, as Leicester did this season, as well as Spurs.

Get that attitude from them and winning trophies is no longer the hopeless fantasy we've had to endure for far too long, but it's a big ask of many of the inherently spoilt, can't-be-arsed prima-donnas currently masquerading as players in the Premier League.

John Daley
94 Posted 21/05/2016 at 12:52:41
"We mustn't rush nor make the bad mistake that good players like De Boer make good managers.
My own preference is Unsy as head coach"

Apart from the not rushing bit the rest of the statement is nonsensical.

It's a "bad mistake" to think that a top class player like De Boer might make a good manager, even though he's already proven himself to be quite a good manager by winning multiple league titles in his own country?

Yet, it's not a "bad mistake" to presume that a bang average player like Unsworth would make a good manager, on the back of one solitary game in charge and a couple of seasons looking after the kids?

David Price
96 Posted 21/05/2016 at 14:44:33
Heard that Deboer is a done deal.
Phil Sammon
97 Posted 21/05/2016 at 14:56:32
Well thank you David Price 96, that's my mind at rest.
Mike Barrett
98 Posted 21/05/2016 at 15:06:20
Brian Harrison (#86),

Who's your "very good source", mate?

And David Price (#96), who told you it's a "done deal"? Both of you should get jobs in the media... you're getting your stories before them. Well done fellas.

Brent Stephens
99 Posted 21/05/2016 at 15:27:20
Heard that De Boer is never going to happen. Easy isn't it. I have a 50-50 chance. And if it happens, I was "in the know."
Gordon Crawford
100 Posted 21/05/2016 at 15:38:45
David, mate, what's your source? I've heard nothing.

All I know is that Everton need to make the right appointment.

Paul Andrews
101 Posted 21/05/2016 at 15:50:07
Seems logical De Boer is not 1st choice.

If he was he would have been appointed by now.

Terry White
102 Posted 21/05/2016 at 16:22:33
As someone on here rightly pointed out, once the first managerial appointment is made then the dominoes will begin to fall into place. That could happen once the Cup Final is over. If Van Gaal leaves United and Mourhino is appointed, then every other position can then be filled.

Believe it or not the Everton manger position is unlikely to be the top of everybody's wish list. Van Gaal would become available and along with Pellegrini would not have to travel far to start his new job.

The Watford appointment takes out one potential (if unlikely) candidate. Let's not want us to rush into a silly choice because of a perceived need to get SOMEBODY in.

Jay Harris
103 Posted 21/05/2016 at 16:24:53
There is no done deal until skybet have them as ridiculous odds-on.
Mourhino, LeFavre and Emery have all come down in the betting but I get the feeling we are chasing Koeman and until that horse bolts the rest are up in the air.

On the subject of Unsy a couple of years developing kids and taking over from the buffoon for one game does not qualify him for one of the toughest leagues in the world.

Unlike the last appointment we need to take advice from experts in the game and study CVs closely to get a good match.

There are enough proven winners out there make them want the job.

Dan Davies
104 Posted 21/05/2016 at 16:37:13
Once the Cup is over Man U will make a decision either way with Van Gaal and then we might see some moves happening I reckon.
Keith Harrison
105 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:40:30
I think all you guys are forgetting "The Price Is Right" (97). So it must be De Boer.
Julian Wait
106 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:51:54
Robbie #45 - seems like The Farmer has the Scouse accent down pat already - should be an easy transition to Goodison ...
Phil Martin
107 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:57:41
United poised to announce Mourinho as new boss according to BBC. Looks like we're back to Koeman or de Boer then.
Phil Jeffries
108 Posted 22/05/2016 at 07:43:52
Koeman has already said he wants to honour his contract with Southampton. The club are obviously sounding out a list of suitable managers before a final decision is made. Every manager who is linked is just guess work, apart from managers that have registered an interest or stories actually add up. So Pelligrini, Moyes and De Boer look likely if asked. Before you jump all over that last line, it's been De Boer from the day his agent and then his brother basically said, 'Everton, come and get me'. He is a winner. End of story. Time to wait and see who the board pick, but it wouldn't surprise me if De Boer tops that list and we would do well to hire him. COYB!
Geoff Williams
109 Posted 22/05/2016 at 08:59:33
I see Utd have agreed to Jose taking over without letting Van Gaal know. You can win all the trophies but you can't buy class. Just like Liverpool they are a second rate club.
Nick Bower
110 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:09:33
As I wrote on another link - If we are going to risk someone without Premiere or Champions League experience, I would prefer Marcel Koller - the Swiss manager of the Austrian Team who has turned Christian Fuchs, Arnautovic, Alaba and co. into world beaters.
Eric Myles
111 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:22:33
Paul #87, he's only in Holland, he can take the train or drive here, or both!

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