|Name||Ronald de Boer|
|Org||Dutch National Team|
|Club as Player||xxxx|
2014 05 02 Retrieve
[Ronald de Boer says Frank de Boer can ‘build something’ at Tottenham] Frank’s feeling is important, the club’s philosophy is as well - what kind of football they want to play - that will be decisive. He will take his time, to think about it.
Frank knows some of the players there, like (Christian) Eriksen and (Jan) Vertonghen - (Nacer) Chadli and (Mousa) Dembele too - there’s lots of quality at the club. I think he can build something. It is a nice club with history, one of the nicest clubs in the Premiership. The club has ambition and the budget for it.
Spurs haven’t had contact with my agent yet. They have approached Ajax, but that’s it. Spurs have let Ajax know they would eventually talk to me when the season’s finished. After the last league game (against NEC on Saturday) I’ll think about it.
2014 10 18 Retrieve
[Ronald de Boer on Guus Hiddink] I think he’s done. Of course he has a great record but he’s 67 years old now. His ideas now are old-fashioned
2014 11 16 Retrieve
[Guus Hiddink is the wrong man for Holland and should have retired long ago] I think Hiddink doesn’t really have a game plan. With all due respect for Guus, he’s 67 years old and I think he’s done. He doesn’t show the guys ‘this is the way we want to go’. Of course, he has a great record, but his ideas now are old-fashioned. Guus is more of a people manager who puts an arm around the players when they need him, but these Holland players need guidance
2015 04 25 Retrieve
[Ronald de Boer on Memphis Depay] He is one of the biggest talents in Europe. He has skill compared to a young Cristiano Ronaldo. He is very lively, technically unbelievable, very skilful, very fast, he has a great goalscoring record, he can shoot from every distance – he has everything
2016 11 21 Retrieve
[Ronald de Boer on Kasper Dolberg] He has speed, power, technique, scoring ability. Everything a striker must have. That kind of development is … not normal
2017 05 23 Retrieve
[Ajax favourite Ronald de Boer says legend Johan Cruyff is mastermind behind Dutch club’s rise back to the big time] We started in 2010, as individual coaches, because Johan wanted more ex- players to be involved in training on a one-on-one basis with the youngsters.
We did not do it for the money but because we love Ajax, standing on the sidelines with young talent and giving something back. I did it for five years. Now I am an Ajax ambassador. I worked closely with most of the players you will see in Stockholm like Kenny Tete, Davy Klaassen, Joel Veltman, Kasper Dolberg, Jairo Riedewald, Matthijs de Ligt, Justin Kluivert and others
Because of Johan, Frank De Boer got the chance to manage the first team. Johan didn’t like what Martin Jol was doing. He thought the philosophy of Ajax was gone. He put Frank forward and we started using youth players again
When Jol didn’t have a player, he just bought from outside. They went for security. But Johan and also Van Gaal gave youth players a chance. That was Ajax. When a midfielder is injured, an Under-19s midfielder can fill that spot. That philosophy was fading away. That’s why Johan stepped up and said, ‘This is not my club any more’.
It was a great moment for him to step in. That’s why we see so many young players coming through again. That’s definitely the influence of Johan
In my time in the 90s, we had five or six players who were exceptional. Now we again have five players who are also exceptional. But the mentality to put players in to get a chance, like a 17-year-old boy, a Justin Kluivert or a Daley Blind, that’s the philosophy you have to have at the club
2017 06 23 Retrieve
[Ronald de Boer says that his twin is ‘very excited’ about succeeding Sam Allardyce in £2.5million-a-year job] He is very excited of course. I know they are talking and I think it’s just about little terms with the coaching staff etc, so I don’t see any problem, but of course it is not for me to say if it is a done deal.
It’s the biggest league - everybody knows it, everybody is watching the Premier League. You can do really something if you have the chance, because there is money involved and you can buy players. It is an interesting league to see what you are capable of, fitting a team (together) that is good enough for the Premier League.
Frank has always stood for his football to be attractive, but also he likes teams to be pressing high up and make sure that the ball most of the time stays on the ground, to hopefully have the ball quickly in the possession to try to score. But he knows he will have to get to know the players and what kind of system will fit those players, so it is important he gets a good run, like a six-week pre-season because (after) you can then know the players better
2019 04 29 Retrieve
[Not good enough for Man Utd? Daley Blind having last laugh with Ajax heroes] They have brought in extra quality to the team, but they have also added experience. The balance of the team is far stronger. Ajax are much more mature with Tadic, Blind and also [Nicolas] Tagliafico. That has been invaluable. That mixture is working very well. If you compare it to our time in 1995 it was basically the same. We had Frank Rijkaard and Danny Blind, but the rest of us were young guys
2019 08 29 Retrieve
[Ajax legend Ronald de Boer was taken aback by the performances of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt in the Champions League last season] Was I surprised by just how good they were? Honestly, yes. But I think the boys surprised even themselves. I had high hopes for them because it was obvious that they had real talent, and the right mentality too. But could anyone have imagined that they would do what they did for Ajax in the Champions League, or for the national team, so soon? To me, it would have seemed too much to expect. There was always something special about Matthijs and Frenkie. With Matthijs, you could see even at 17, when he was already playing in the second team, how mature he was. As for Frenkie, he was part of a midfield in Ajax’s second team with Donny van de Beek and Abdelhak Nouri. People would come to watch that team just to see that midfield play. You actually had people at that stage saying they enjoyed watching the second team more than the first team! The level of creativity was just incredible, and Frenkie of course was at the heart of it
I have no worries about De Ligt. For me, he’s a player who can play in any team and in any system. He’s still young and he’ll make mistakes, but he has so many qualities. Even if he starts a little slowly - and it was the same at Ajax in his first few months - he will be a great signing for Juve. You can bet on it
2019 08 31 Retrieve
[Ronald de Boer speaks about Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt] Was I surprised by just how good they were? Honestly, yes. But I think the boys surprised even themselves
2020 04 28 Retrieve
[Matthijs de Ligt’s decision to join Juventus rather than a club like Barcelona or Manchester City took his former youth team coach Ronald de Boer by surprise] Clubs closest to the Ajax system like, Man City and Barcelona were interested. It would have been easier to adapt. I thought he would have made a different choice, but I respect the decision very much. I was working in the academy of Ajax, I immediately liked his character: serious, intelligent, kind, he never complains, he works hard and learns. And then he always had the skills of the great defender. He understood where the danger was coming… I remember him at under-14 level, when he returned from the following year 30 centimetres taller. He will be one of the best of this era, sure
2020 05 12 Retrieve
[Ronald de Boer says Frenkie de Jong has achieved ‘something exceptional’ in his debut campaign at Barcelona with Matthijs de Ligt’s struggles at Juventus held up in comparison] Playing so much for a young player in his first year is something exceptional. People say that he has not reached the level he reached at Ajax and the Netherlands, but there are not many who can play in a team as strong as Barcelona and I think he has worked well. He is in charge of passing the ball, you cannot ask him to score 20 goals. He is a player like Sergio Busquets and when the time comes he will be a great substitute for him
[De Boer admits as much, with the Bianconeri defender still searching for a spark in Serie A] He has had more problems at Juventus. I had hoped that De Ligt would adapt much more easily and start immediately. Instead the opposite happened. That’s why I think De Jong has done well in his first season at Barcelona