Next Netherlands Manager? Five facts about Frank de Boer

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 18 September 2020, 10:30

While Ronald Koeman is gearing up for his first competitive match in charge of Barcelona, Netherlands remain managerless since his departure a month ago.

However, Holland now appear to be on the cusp of naming Koeman’s successor after betting was suspended on Frank de Boer bagging the job, with media outlet RTL Nieuws reporting that the position will soon be this.

With that in mind, we bring you five facts about the Dutchman…

He has a Premier League record

We’ll get the worst bit out of the way first.

Frank de Boer is the holder of a Premier League record, although it’s one he will hope is one day broken given the humiliating nature of it.

Back in June 2017 he replaced Sam Allardyce at the helm of Crystal Palace as the club looked to transform their style, but just four league games later he was brutally axed. 

In the process, he set an unwanted Premier League record for the shortest ever reign in the competition for matches.

He also holds a Eredivisie record

Prior to his Crystal Palace and Inter Milan disappointments - he lasted just 85 days at the San Siro - De Boer enjoyed an incredibly successful tenure at Ajax, where he won the Eredivisie title four years in a row (2011 to 2015) - a Dutch record.

In what was his first ever job, De Boer became the club’s first manager in their illustrious history to lift the title four years on the spin. 

That’s pretty impressive considering that the Dutch giants have been managed by the likes of Rinus Michels, Stefan Kovacs, Johan Cruyff, and Louis van Gaal.

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He once turned down Liverpool

"I am honoured by the request [from Liverpool] but I have only just started with Ajax", De Boer said back in the summer of 2012 following the departure of Kenny Dalglish.

It proved to be a wise decision as he went on to win two more more Dutch titles, while he later revealed why he turned down the chance to manage the Reds.

“I told Liverpool I was honoured but I was only one year in at Ajax, it was too soon. I needed to achieve more and I did.”

He has a 57.9% win record

Since entering into management in 2010, De Boer has overseen four clubs, and holds an overall 57.9% win rate.

For all the success he enjoyed in his first spell at Ajax (60.1%), he scraped just five wins in 14 matches at Inter (35.7), while there was just a solitary win at Crystal Palace (20%).

In his last job at Atalanta he won two trophies - Campeones Cup and the US Open Cup - and won a respectable 56.4% of his matches, although his 19-month isn’t viewed in a particularly favourable light.

He has 112 caps for his country

No defender has more Holland caps than De Boer, who played 112 times for his country, spanning 14 years.

He was actually the first Dutch player to net 100 caps, although Wesley Sneijder (133) and Edwin van der Sar (130) have since surpassed his tally.

During his time in an Oranje shirt he played in two World Cups - you may remember his assist at France 1998 (above) - and three European Championships, and was named in the “team of the tournament” at Euro 2000.

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