Frank de Boer lifts lid on Liverpool and Tottenham interest
Frank de Boer explains why he turned down Liverpool and reveals Tottenham's interest in May
Frank de Boer has lifted the lid on past interest from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Ajax manager was considered for the Reds role before the club’s owners opted to appoint current boss Brendan Rodgers as Kenny Dalglish’s successor.
I would like to manage in England but also Germany and the Spanish league
Frank de Boer
The Barcelona legend was in the running to succeed Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane at the end of last season before Spurs named Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager.
The former Netherlands international revealed that he felt the Liverpool job came too early in his career, whilst the Ajax boss respected Tottenham’s decision to go with Pochettino.
“Two years ago, I was very honoured that Liverpool asked me if I was interested in the job,” De Boer told Sky Sports.
“There was still was other candidates also. But I just signed a new contract and I said you are too early at this moment.
“Tottenham, last year, I was one of the candidates and in the end they chose Pochettino and all respect to the choice. There were two clubs that I was quite interested in.
“I would like to manage in England but also Germany and the Spanish league because they are the three best leagues in the world, so I would like to get that experience.”
De Boer has led Ajax to four successive Eredivisie titles since he became the Amsterdam club’s manager in 2010.
The 44-year-old, who scored 13 goals in 112 Netherlands appearances, has struggled to guide Ajax to European glory.
The former Rangers man won five Dutch titles, a La Liga crown and the Champions League during a decorated playing career.