Ajax coach Frank de Boer could be ready to make the next step in his managerial career as his agent has confirmed the 45-year-old would be interested in the Everton job should Roberto Martinez be relieved of his duties.
Pressure is mounting on Martinez after a glaringly average season and Toffee's fans have become increasingly agitated, with social media awash with irksome messages of distrust in the Spaniard's abilities.
Guido Albers's comments will not help the former Wigan manager's case as he told Dutch channel NOS that his client would 'love' to join Everton this summer.
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“He would love to join a club like Everton or Valencia. It's all about the right philosophy and how they play football. That is what Frank is looking for.”
The former Netherlands international has been in the Ajax hot seat since 2010, winning four Eredivisie titles, and narrowly missing out on a fifth this season. Despite his success in his first managerial job, the most capped Dutch outfield player is looking like the favourite to succeed Martinez.
With the culmination of the Premier League season a chance to salvage some pride for the Merseyside club, Martinez is fighting a losing battle as his side were easily swept aside by champions Leicester in yet another abject away performance.
The 42-year-old questioned his players' desire in that game in what many believe to be the final nail in the coffin for the manager, who has a 31% win rate with his current employers.
Martinez said: “A young player who could maybe have been caught by the occasion was Matty Pennington and he was the only player who played with intent, with meaning and desire and it is a shame no one else on the pitch could match that focus.”
It is these latest comments from De Boer's agent that Martinez must now worry about also, not just his own questionable choice of words.
Valencia CF are in a similar position to Everton, currently languishing in mid-table in Spain but the Dutch coach could be tempted by the new-look Everton under new shareholder Farhad Moshiri who acquired the club in March. The draw of Premier League management and the possibility of a new stadium will also be hard for De Boer to resist.