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Eredivisie failings show Dutch manager isn’t worthy of Everton

| 09.05.2016

Roberto Martinez’ job at Everton is under severe threat, with the side sitting 12th in the Premier League after a 3-1 loss to Leicester City in their most recent outing.

Frank de Boer’s agent has reacted quickly to these developments, stating the current Ajax manager ‘would love to join a club like Everton’.

However, the Toffees should be wary about appointing the 45-year-old former Holland international.

Firstly, he has no Premier League experience, with his more travelled compatriot Louis van Gaal struggling to set the division alight in his two years at Old Trafford.

If a Champions League winner such as Van Gaal can struggle, then De Boer, who has only managed one club, would likely find the change in pace even more difficult.

Furthermore, the ex-Barcelona defender has not had the best time of it in the Amsterdam Arena in recent seasons.

The Godenzonen have surrendered the Eredivisie title to rivals PSV Eindhoven in both of the last two campaigns.

De Boer’s men lost it on the last day this term having led going into the final day before throwing it away by drawing 1-1 with second-bottom De Graafschap.

In 2014/15, the Amsterdam outfit ended up 17 points behind PSV and are struggling to re-establish themselves after four consecutive league titles.

Indeed, the four-time European Cup winners haven’t lifted any trophies since their last Eredivisie triumph and a portion of blame has to go to the man in the dugout.

De Boer’s earlier successes have seem him linked with a number of high-profile jobs in Europe and he has continually played up these possibilities despite his side failing to deliver on the pitch, with many critics arguing his focus is elsewhere.

Furthermore, he has struggled to bring in adequate replacements when big stars leave, something that he may well have to deal with at Goodison Park.

Everton need to carefully consider their next boss, especially with the influx of money coming in from new investor Farhad Moshiri, and need someone who can use those finances wisely, rather than someone whose trophy-winning capabilities are in decline.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.