13 Apr 2022 | 15:01 | Football
Things Erik ten Hag did at Ajax
Mitchell van der Gaag (or John Heitinga)
Assistant manager Mitchell van der Gaag could be the ideal solution if he chooses not to follow Ten Hag to Manchester. Van der Gaag had stints with Portuguese clubs Maritimo and Belenenses, as well as Ermis, Eindhoven, Excelsior and Breda. He became Ajax reserve team coach in 2019, then was promoted to assistant coach under Ten Hag last summer. The 50-year-old understands the players, the system and has experience as a head coach.
Alternatively, Ajax could consider their B-team coach, John Heitinga, who is highly rated in his role, although the first-team coach role may come too soon for the former Netherlands international.
Marcelo Bielsa is resting after a forgettable start to the season at Leeds but he will likely want to take up the challenge in the Netherlands in the summer. Although widely admired for what he has done, Bielsa is still without significant titles in his career, Ajax can help him somewhat solve this problem.
Also, earlier in the season, Bielsa revealed that former Ajax manager Louis van Gaal was the coach he admired the most in his youth: ” Louis van Gaal, because I watched a lot of the teams he built. building, especially his incredible team at Ajax, I enjoyed the football they played.”
Frank de Boer
Frank de Boer won four consecutive Eredivisie titles from 2011 to 2014, and nearly won another in the 2015/2016 season but lost it in the final series. De Boer has since worked in Serie A, Premier League, MLS and the national team.
However, the coach has not been impressed with his statistics since leaving Ajax in 2016: 85 days at Inter Milan, 4 official games at Crystal Palace, a erratic period at Atlanta United, then loss to the Netherlands. fired after they were eliminated from EURO 2020 at the hands of the Czech Republic. However, this former player has had experience and success in his home league. Besides, his time with the national team was not too bad, so De Boer is a name that Ajax can consider.
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