4:00 pm – Erik ten Hag seems to exchange Ajax for Manchester United after the end of this season. A nice reward for the performance of the 52-year-old trainer in Amsterdam, but a downer for the leader of the Eredivisie. Ajax will therefore have to look for a successor. FCUpdate.nl lists a number of interesting candidates.
When a vacancy threatens to become available in Amsterdam, the name of Peter Bosz is often mentioned. That is also logical, since Marc Overmars reportedly saw a suitable successor to Erik ten Hag in Bosz. However, Overmars has now left Ajax, so it remains to be seen whether Bosz is still one of the candidates. Bosz is not only easy to sign, as he is under contract with Olympique Lyon. At the French club, the Dutch coach is doing well in the Europa League, but performs poorly in Ligue 1. Lyon is in ninth place, so the French club might not even be so sad if Bosz leaves again.
Patrick Kluivert really wants to get back to work as head coach. The link with Ajax was quickly established as he is a former player of the Amsterdam team, but also because Kluivert himself has indicated that he is interested in the safe at Ajax. The 45-year-old Amsterdammer is only too happy to breathe new life into his early coaching career and is not reluctant when Ajax is mentioned. “Yes, I would definitely like to become a trainer at Ajax,” Kluivert said in an interview with the American ESPN. “That could be.”
It would be a very sensitive switch, but the name of Arne Slot should not be missing from this list. The Feyenoord coach has impressed with his performance on the pitch this season, but is also doing a good job with his other commitments. Slot always comes across very well in interviews. However, it is questionable to what extent 43-trainer is waiting for a possible trainer job at Ajax. When he left AZ to Feyenoord, the coach was already hit by all kinds of things, which will be even worse with a spicy transfer to Ajax.
Johnny Heitinga took over the duties at Young Ajax from Mitchell van der Gaag last summer. Van der Gaag was promoted within Ajax and became Erik ten Hag’s assistant coach in the first team. Heitinga therefore made the switch from Ajax U18 to Young Ajax, with which he is doing well in the First Division. Young Ajax is in sixth place in the Kitchen Champion Division, which means that they perform the best compared to the other promise teams. However, the question is whether Ajax dares to appoint the inexperienced trainer as Erik ten Hag’s successor. PSV dared to do that, because they made a similar choice when they appointed Ruud van Nistelrooij as Roger Schmidt’s successor.
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Alfred Schreuder was praised for his tactical qualities during his period as assistant coach to Erik ten Hag. The 49-year-old coach from Barneveld has now gained even more experience as an assistant coach at FC Barcelona and as head coach of Club Brugge. Schreuder chose the Belgian top club over FC Basel, which was also interested. If Ajax sees the ideal successor to Ten Hag in Schreuder, they must first come to an agreement with Club Brugge. He is detained there indefinitely. The good impression that Schreuder made as an assistant will not be forgotten by the policymakers in Amsterdam.