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22nd Mar 2016

WATCH: Ajax manager tries to get involved in training, promptly snaps Achilles tendon

Stretchered off

Darragh Murphy

There’s a reason that there aren’t many 45-year-old professional footballers.

Once the big 4-0 is reached, bodies just don’t move in quite the same way that they did when players were spry, flexible twenty-somethings.

Frank de Boer was a terrific player in his time, becoming a club legend at Ajax and Barcelona, but he’s not finding it easy to do what he once did.

The current Ajax manager decided to get involved with a spot of foot volley at training this week and it did not end well.

When stretching for a ball, de Boer snapped his Achilles tendon and had to be stretchered off the training pitch, only to be replaced by assistant manager Dennis Bergkamp.

Let this be a cautionary tale to all managers out there. Stick to the tactics board.

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