New Holland coach Frank de Boer is convinced he can do a good job

‘I’m convinced I can be a good coach’: Frank de Boer admits he has a point to prove with Holland after poor stints in charge of Inter Milan and Crystal Palace as he is unveiled as Ronald Koeman’s successor

  • De Boer has been appointed on a contract through to the 2022 World Cup 
  • The former defender led Ajax to four straight Eredivisie titles between 2011-14 
  • He only lasted 10 weeks at Crystal Palace after losing his first four games 
  • Holland missed out on qualification for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup 

Frank de Boer has a point to prove after he was appointed as the new Holland boss this week on a contract that will take him through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

De Boer said he’s convinced he can be a good coach as he looks to put past failures behind him.  

The former defender, who has 112 international caps to his name, succeeds Koeman, who quit after two years in charge of the national team to coach Barcelona.

Frank de Boer has become the new Holland head coach after signing a two-year contract

‘I believe we have a beautiful future,’ the 50-year-old De Boer said at his official presentation, as he sat flanked by leaders of the Royal Netherlands Soccer Association at its headquarters.

‘Ronald Koeman and the men next to me started that a few years ago,’ he added. ‘We have a good squad, good staff. I was always a player who demanded the maximum at training and to try to finish as high as possible. I have that as coach, too.’ 

The former Holland defender’s management career got off to a flying start when he led Ajax to four straight Eredivisie league titles from 2011-14, but went downhill when he moved overseas.

He was fired in 2016 after only 85 days in charge of Inter Milan and lasted just 10 weeks at Crystal Palace in 2017 before being ousted after the team lost its first four Premier League games without scoring a goal.

Crystal Palace lost all four of their opening Premier League fixtures in the 2017-18 season

De Boer had a successful first season with MLS team Atlanta United, but parted company with the team two months ago after a poor restart to the coronavirus-hit season. Atlanta lost all three of its group games at the MLS is Back tournament in Florida and, under De Boer, faced criticism for lacking creativity.

De Boer said he would be looking for stylish victories with the current crop of young Dutch players.

‘We want results and, of course, in the most beautiful way if possible,’ De Boer said. ‘At the moment, it looks good. I think we have players with the quality to do that.’

After his experiences at Inter, Palace and Atlanta, De Boer has a point to prove.

‘I’m convinced I can be a good coach,’ he said.

After the Dutch team missed out on qualification for Euro 2016 in France and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Koeman was appointed coach and turned around the team’s fortunes. 

Ronald Koeman gave up his role as Holland boss to become the new Barcelona manager

He led Holland to qualification for the 2020 European Championships – pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic – and the final of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, losing to Portugal.

De Boer now will lead the Dutch to next year’s European Championships and into qualification for the World Cup a year later.

He said he shares much of Koeman’s footballing philosophy.

‘I have my own style and identity and I will always keep doing that,’ he said. ‘I’m not a copy of somebody but I share the same line that Ronald started.’

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