Amsterdam - Ajax coach and former Dutch international Frank de Boer announced on
Thursday he was quitting the Amsterdam club after failing to win the
"Frank de Boer is quitting as Ajax trainer. He told the club's board
in a meeting," Ajax said in a statement issued in Amsterdam.
De Boer's announcement comes after Ajax drew 1-1 against minnows De
Graafschap on Sunday while defending champions PSV retained their hold
on the trophy with a 3-1 victory against PEC Zwolle.
Ajax needed a win to claim the 34th championship in the club's 116-year history.
PSV's victory saw wild parties in their southern home base Eindhoven,
but in the Dutch capital many Ajax fans slinked off in despair at the
end of the highly anticipated televised match.
"After four national championships the 2014/15 season was a
disappointment and we wanted to fix it this season," said De Boer, a
former Ajax player, in the statement.
"We've done everything. But alas, what we hoped for and were expecting didn't happen.
"I'm realising more-and-more that it's time to do something else.
It's better for me and it's better for Ajax," said De Boer, indicating
that he may take a year off from any coaching duties.
"It's an option, but I'll wait and see what lies ahead on the road."
De Boer's last official job will be taking the team on a
season-ending tour to China, leaving from the Netherlands on Friday,
His contract is due to run through until mid-2017 and Ajax said they
still hope he'll change his mind, although a club statement said the
search for a successor is underway.
De Boer's resignation "was not a big surprise, as over the last few
months we've been discussing his future at Ajax", club director and
legendary former Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar said.
"But as all contracts of signed players run through until 2017 and
because Frank is enormously ambitious, I still hope he'd want to serve
out the contract," Van der Sar added in the statement.
He had high praise for De Boer, saying he was an "excellent
ambassador for the club who always made time for the fans, the media,
the club's social upliftment projects and sponsors".
Former Dutch defender De Boer, who took the field 112 times for the
Oranje, made a name for himself as assistant coach of the national squad
that reached the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, where they lost
De Boer took Ajax to four straight league titles from 2011 to 2014.
Dutch and international media reported that De Boer's most likely
successor could be Maccabi Tel Aviv trainer and fellow Dutchman Peter