Reported Everton target Frank de Boer has declared himself ready for “something else” after leaving his role as Ajax coach in the wake of their dramatic failure to retain the Dutch Eredivisie title on Sunday.
The 45-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Goodison, saw his side fail to get the win they needed at lowly De Graafschap, handing rivals PSV Eindhoven their second straight crown.
In a statement on Ajax’s official website, De Boer said: “I began to realise more that it was time for something else.
“This is better for me and also for Ajax. What I will do, I don’t know yet – a year without a club is also an option. I’ll see what comes my way.”
De Boer’s availability could spark interest on the blue half of Merseyside, with Martinez’s future hanging by a thread after Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.
The Toffees have yet to drop any hints about their plans but with growing fan unrest it is seen as unlikely Martinez will survive beyond Sunday’s season-closer against Watford.
De Boer, who admitted interest in the Swansea job earlier this year, is seen as one of the top continental coaches having led Ajax to four consecutive Eredivisie titles prior to their recent disappointments.
He added: “I have had a fantastic time here, first as a player and also in the past decade as a coach.
“After winning four league titles in succession last season was a disappointment. We wanted to rectify last season but it was not what we hoped or expected.”