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I would like to build on the current success – Frank de Boer assures Atlanta United fans


New head coach of Atlanta United, Frank de Boer, has assured the fans of the 2018 MLS Cup Champions that he will like to build on the current successes chalked by his predecessor Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino.

The former Dutch great is hoping to emulate the shining example of the Argentine coach who carved a winsome side out of Atlanta within two years.

“The club’s sportive ambition, as set out in a long-term strategy to be the best in class, clearly fits my personal ambitions.

“I would like to build on the current success to develop a secure, solid foundation for the club at the top of MLS and beyond. Aside from the club’s ambitions, the values, culture and the philosophy for the entire organization are a vital part in realizing that point of success. This is exactly what I believe in as a person and as a coach. All of this combined, makes that I am really excited to be a part of it”, de Boer noted.

For his part, Atlanta United President Darren Eales said de Boer’s philosophy in the game is similar to that of Atlanta while his penchant for developing talents also excited the executives of the MLS Champions.

“Frank de Boer has a distinguished background, both as manager and player, and we’re ecstatic to welcome him to our club.

“When we began our search, we were determined to find someone who fit all of our criteria. In addition to meeting our club’s core values, Frank’s philosophical views for how to play unequivocally align with ours. He also has a proven track record of developing youth players, with many of them going on to star for top European teams. Finally, his multilingual capabilities, including Spanish and English, ensure a smooth transition in the leadership of our club”, Eales added.

As a player, Frank de Boer played for Ajax, at every level, for 15 years from 1984-1999 before moving to Barcelona for four years.

After retiring as a player, he went back to Ajax in 2007 to coach in the youth set-up and was also signed on as the Dutch national team assistant coach in 2008, a position he held during Netherlands’ runner-up finish at the 2010 World Cup.

He guided Ajax from 2010 through 2016, and won four league titles in that time.
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