Frank de Boer has declared himself ready for “something else” after leaving Ajax. He is the new favourite to take over at Everton.
The 45-year-old 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 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.”