De Boer wants Ajax players to enjoy the game

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 8 Dec 2010

Ajax Amsterdam's new coach blames team's ‘whipped’ players for lack of success this season.

 Frank de Boer
Frank de Boer wants to have a long spell with Ajax

Ajax Amsterdam's new coach, Frank De Boer, blamed his ‘whipped’ players for lack of success this season.

“The players at Ajax don’t look as if they are enjoying the game. They look whipped. That can’t happen to a top club,” he told Dutch newspaper Sportjournaal.

“When I see NEC play one touch football without any opposition whatsoever from Ajax, I think to myself: this can’t be happening. The players are to blame but we’ll have to find a solution together,” he concluded.

The former Netherlands defender has confirmed that he wants to stay with the team as he always wanted to become a manager.

De Boer was appointed as a caretaker head coach on Monday, following the resignation of Martin Jol, but now he is eager to extend his stay.

“This is not how I thought it would happen but I am where I want to be. It’s a bit of a shortcut. I would like to stick around, of course, but it’s up to the club to decide. I’m ready,” he added.

Ajax are in fourth place in the Dutch table with 32 points - five behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.

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