Liverpool manager: Frank De Boer not interested in Anfield vacancy

Ajax boss Frank de Boer rules himself out of contention to replace Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager this summer

Frank De Boer
Frank De Boer says he is "only just getting started" at Ajax Photo: Soccer.ru, via Wikimedia

Frank De Boer

Frank De Boer has ruled himself out of the race to become Liverpool’s next manager, with the former Dutch defender reaffirming his commitment to Ajax.

The 42-year-old ended the Amsterdam outfit’s seven-year wait to win the Eredivisie title with back-to-back successes in the last two seasons after he replaced Martin Jol as in December 2010.

But De Boer, who won five league titles and the Champions League with Ajax as a player, says he wants to be part of the Dutch club’s exciting new future.

“I am honoured by the request, but I am only just getting started with Ajax,” De Boer told De Telegraaf.

“In Amsterdam we are on a new path and, along with the club and Wim Jonk and Dennis Bergkamp, my colleagues in the technical heart, I want to bring good things. That’s why I will stay loyal to Ajax in the coming years.”

Liverpool sacked Kenny Dalglish last week after the 61-year-old watched his side slump to their lowest finish since the Premier League began.

De Boer’s rejection is the second since Dalglish’s contract was terminated, with Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers having rebuffed an approach from the Reds last week.

A Swansea statement read: “The club is pleased to confirm that Brendan has declined the opportunity to speak about the vacant position.”

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martínez and former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas remain the frontrunners to replace Dalglish, with the Liverpool owners apparently keen to make a quick appointment.

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