During his interim period as Ajax’s head coach, Frank de Boer has received many compliments from the football world. After his posting became definitive, more kudos will surely come his way. FC coach Josep Guardiola and Bayern München coach Louis van Gaal have already extended their best wishes to De Boer.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year”, said De Boer, as his role as Ajax’s head coach was made definite on Monday. The 112-time international will be in this position until the summer of 2014. “The intentions were there from both sides, but everything’s official now.”
“I returned to Ajax five years ago as a novice coach. I’m proud to be head coach now. I’ll give my best for Ajax, just as I have in the past years.” With assistants Danny Blind and Hennie Spijkerman, De Boer intends to continue on the same path as he started as interim-coach. De Boer had already been working with Blind during this time. Spijkerman (Ajax Cape Town) is a new addition to his staff. “I got to know Hennie during my internship with Henk ten Cate several years ago. I admired how well he took on the role of assistant coach. Hennie is a warm, intelligent man who lives and breathes football. Since that experience, I’ve always had in the back of my head that I’d approach him if I ever became head coach. That’s what’s finally happened.”
During his impressive playing career, De Boer has worked with many illustrious coaches and players. Several of them have extended their congratulations and best wishes to the Ajax coach during his interim period. “If I had wanted to, I could have approached several people I know for advice, but I didn’t do it. I did speak with national team coach Bert van Marwijk, but mostly as a colleague. But I’ve received several nice reactions. From Louis van Gaal and Marco van Basten, to ‘Pep’ Guardiola.”