Former Ajax and Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer spoke to the NOS’s Joep Schreuder about a potential approach from the KNVB regarding the Dutch national team job.

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De Boer was sacked by Crystal Palace earlier in the season and has been out of work since. He has been heavily linked with the Dutch national team, and his former club Glasgow Rangers.

Speaking about his time at Crystal Palace, De Boer said, “I have managed to get over what happened at Crystal Palace although in the aftermath I was frustrated and angry but life goes on and you can look forward to other things and spend time with my family.

”I have evaluated since leaving Crystal Palace and I know that I did everything in my power to achieve success there. But lack of time also played a part in that.

”After my experiences with Inter Milan and Crystal Palace it teaches you not to be naive. But I must say that I adapted a lot whilst I was manager of Crystal Palace and I thought defensively. Maybe I should have been more attacking and should not have done any concessions.

”The players must believe in what you do and the vision you have. Some players feel comfortable with it but if the majority of players are not comfortable with it is then it difficult to get results.

On his future, De Boer stated he will take his time, but would be open to speaking to the KNVB about replacing Dick Advocaat, ”I am not in a rush to take the first new manager’s job that comes my way. I will wait and remain patient. I have not not spoken to KNVB chairman Eric Gudde.

”The important thing is to keep busy and I have enough to do at the moment. If the KNVB want to speak to me I would be happy to speak with them if approached.”

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