Frank de Boer steps down at Ajax

Frank de Boer steps down at Ajax

Frank de Boer is stepping down as Ajax’s coach.  He has informed management of his decision.  Club management and the coach have reached an agreement concerning the dissolution of his contract, which had still been valid until July 1, 2017.

Frank de Boer (Hoorn, May 15, 1970) had been a youth coach at Ajax since the 2006-2007 season.  On December 6, 2010, he became the head coach of the first team.  He won the national championship with the first team in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  He also won the Johan Cruijff Shield (2013) as Ajax’s coach.

De Boer: “I’ve had a fantastic time here.  First as a player, and then, for the past ten years, as a coach.  I grew into this role with the under 12s and under 19s.  Ajax then gave me the opportunity with the first team, and I am grateful to the club for that.  After winning four national titles, the 2014-2015 season was disappointing.  We wanted to set that right this season, and we gave everything we had in order to do that.  But unfortunately, it did not work out the way we wanted or hoped.  I began to realise more and more that it was time for me to do something else.  That is better for me, and I believe that it will be better for Ajax too.  I don’t yet know what I am going to do.  Being without a club for one year could be an option, I will see what crosses my path.   I will always cherish the great memories here, and winning the 30th championship will always be the highlight.  We gave many young talents the opportunity to break out.  I know for sure that this will continue to happen in the next few years, too.  That’s the way it should be at Ajax.  Wherever I am, I will be following closely.  Ajax is my club, and it always will be.”

General Manager Edwin van der Sar: “This was not a big surprise, considering that we’ve been having conversations about his future and Ajax’s in the past few months.  But because the contracts of all of our selection players were extended and Frank is very proud, I still held out hope that he would fulfil his contract until the end.  Maybe to win one more prize with this group.  We are sad that he’s leaving but when he informed us that this was what he had decided, we had a good discussion and dissolved his contract.  Considering everything he has won, as well as the manner in which he has always had an eye for young talents to stream through, he definitely deserves that.  Moreover, Frank has been an excellent ambassador for our club, one who always had time for the fans, the media, our club’s and sponsors’ social projects.  We don’t yet know what he will do, but we wish his every success in his next steps.    We will now determine, with the Technical Heart, at how we will fill this vacancy, and how the technical staff will look for next season.

The contract of assistant coach Orlando Trustfull, who joined the technical staff last summer, end per July 1, 2016.  He will also be leaving the club.