Ajax has reached a contractual agreement with Frank de Boer, securing his role as Ajax’s head coach. The agreement is effective retroactively as of January 1, 2011, and runs until June 30, 2014.
Frank de Boer (Hoorn, May 15, 1970) has been active with Ajax since his time as a B junior with the club. After four seasons with the youth training program, he played for the first team for eleven seasons, seeing action in approximately 400 official matches. With Ajax, the left footed defender won several national titles, KNVB Cups, Super Cups, Europa Cup 1, the world cup and the UEFA Cup. In 1999, he went abroad to play for FC Barcelona, then with the Glasgow Rangers, Galatasaray and Al-Rayyan. De Boer was active as an international in five final tournaments, and played 112 times for the Dutch national team.
De Boer, who received his Coaching Diploma for professional football in 2007, started coaching in 2006-2007 with Ajax’s D1 team. During the last two and a half years, he was Ajax’s A1 coach, and national team coach Bert van Marwijck’s assistant trainer with the Dutch team, reaching the World Cup 2010 final in South Africa last summer.
Hennie Spijkerman will join Ajax’s technical staff, effective immediately. He will be de Boer’s assistant, with Danny Blind. Spijkerman (60) came to Ajax in 2006, and was assistant coach under Henk ten Cate and Adrie Koster. He’s spent the last six months as technical director at Ajax Cape Town.