De Boer thanked Jans for succession at FC Groningen: “The offer came too early”

Former coach Frank de Boer could have started his trainer career at FC Groningen. The 112-time Oranje-International was in the picture at the end of 2009 as the successor to Ron Jans, but thanked kindly for the honour, writes RTV North Columnist Pieter de Hart.
In the course of the 2009/2010 season, Jans announced that he was going to see FC Groningen after eight seasons. The leadership of FC Groningen thought that Frank de Boer would be the best successor to Ron Jans, writes De Hart almost twelve years after that.
De Boer was at that time assistant coach under Bert van Marwijk and worked with Orange to the World Cup in South Africa. He asked for ten days of reflection period and it wouldnt come from a transfer to Groningen in the end. The offer came too early, De Boer is quoted by De Hart. honorable, but Im not ready yet.
De Boer was on the line during the European Championship Final between the Netherlands and Spain in 2010. Later that year, he started his first trainer job at Ajax, after Martin Jols departure. The former defender would eventually become champion with Ajax four times in a row and left in 2016, after which he flopped at Internazionale and Crystal Palace. After leaving Atlanta, USA, De Boer was appointed as a national coach: that adventure ended recently, after the Dutch European Championship was eliminated by the Czech Republic.