De Boer leaves Ajax

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Ajax have announced that manager Frank de Boer has left the club, following the Dutch side’s failure to win the Eredivisie title this season.

The former Barcelona defender, 45, took over from Martin Jol in December 2010 and was in charge for five-and-a-half seasons. He led Ajax to four consecutive titles at the start of his reign but has lost out to PSV in each of the last two seasons.

“After winning four league titles in succession, the 2014-15 season was a disappointment,” said De Boer. “We wanted to rectify that in the last season and we did everything, but it did not become what we had all hoped for and expected.

“I started to realise more that it was time for something else. It’s better for me and I think also for Ajax. What I will do, I do not know yet. A year without a club is also an option and I will see what comes my way.

“I cherish above all the beautiful memories, with winning the 30th league title as the absolute highlight. Wherever I am, I will continue to follow closely. Ajax is my club and always will be.”

De Boer’s agent Guido Albers recently revealed his client would “love to manage Everton or Valencia” as rumours of his next club grow.