BREAKING: Atlanta United taps Frank de Boer as second manager in club history

Mike Conti
December 23, 2018 - 11:00 am

The search for a new manager took just two weeks to complete for Atlanta United, ending Sunday with the hiring of Dutch national Frank de Boer to replace the departing Tata Martino.

De Boer, 48, is perhaps best known for his playing career as a defender with Ajax and Barcelona, along with collecting 112 caps for the Netherlands from 1990-2004.  But de Boer has had tremendous success as a manager, especially in the Dutch Eredivise, where he won four consecutive titles with Ajax, becoming the first manager ever to achieve that.

This will be de Boer’s first foray into Major League Soccer, after becoming essentially a coaching free agent following his firing at Crystal Palace ten weeks after his hiring in 2017.  De Boer also managed Inter Milan for 16 matches in 2016.

De Boer was also an assistant coach for the 2010 Dutch National Team, which finished as runners up to Spain at the World Cup in South Africa.​