Despite winning four Eredivise titles in five years as Ajax boss, Frank de Boer’s reptuation across Europe was badly damaged by a worryingly poor spell with Inter Milan in 2016. Luckily for those of you who don’t have an in-depth knowledge of the reasons behind the Dutchman’s troubles in Italy, one well informed Twitter user has offered a surprisingly detailed analysis of Frank’s stint at Inter.
As a man who was given his footballing education by the god-like figure of Johan Cruyff, Frank de Boer knows exactly how the game “should” be played in an ideal world. Having worked well with the academy players at Ajax before getting the senior job and succeeding beyond even his wildest expectations, many assumed he would adjust to life at the San Siro with ease but as we can see from the comments attached above, the odds were stacked heavily against him from the very start of the process.
Whilst Italian football is known across Europe as a helter-skelter environment, the situation de Boer walked into at Inter went above and beyond the usual levels of madness, making it almost impossible for one of the great players of his generation to even start thinking about replicating the trophy haul he managed when in charge of Ajax.
Having been named as Crystal Palace’s first permanent non-British manager on a three-year deal this afternoon, de Boer is now intent on rebuilding his damaged reputation in what he has himself described as the biggest league in the world. There will always be those who choose to focus on his failed efforts to make a go of things in Milan but as I’m sure you’ll agree, the extract referenced at the top of the page puts a realistic yet positive spin on things.