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AFC Ajax - Total Football, Total Control, Total Domination

A new era begins for AFC Ajax
Started on 31 March 2018 by kdavva
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Ajax Legends Join Backroom

A staffing overhaul at Ajax has seen a number of club legends join the backroom staff.

The news comes just hours after the appointment of Louis van Gaal and indicates a major shift towards keeping former players at the club, which has been alluded to multiple times in the past by club officials.

The most notable appointment is Marco van Basten as assistant manager. The 53 year old played 133 times for the club, scoring at nearly a goal a game, and won three Ballon D'Ors after moving to Milan in 1987. He spent a season as Ajax manager in 2008/09, resigning after a third place season, and his last senior role was at AZ Alkmaar in 2014. Now he'll have a stint as Van Gaal's right hand man but with LVG's advanced age, van Basten may be in line to take over the role in the near future.

Joining the coaching staff will be Dennis Bergkamp, John Heitinga and Patrick Kluivert, who between them add several hundred games of experience and over a hundred international caps to the backroom. Heitinga, in particular, has been touted as a potential manager of the future whilst Bergkamp is returning to the club just months after resigning from his role as assistant manager.

Other ex-players that have joined the club today, or in the past few weeks, include Ronald de Boer (scout), Michael Reiziger (Jong Ajax manager), Winston Bogarde (Jong assistant) and Edgar Davids (youth coach).

Lyon Snap Up Tete

Ajax starlet Kenny Tete has been signed by French side Olympique Lyonnais in a deal thought to be worth around €5 million.

The 22 year old found first team opportunities limited at Johan Cruyff Arena under Peter Bosz, mainly due to the excellent form of starting right back Joel Veltman. Despite new manager Louis van Gaal wanting him to stay, the young defender has moved on in search of a starting berth and Ajax's loss is Lyon's gain.

Ajax will now be searching for a new right back, as Tete's departure leaves Joel Veltman as the only experienced option.

Armband Passes To Veltman

Ajax manager Louis van Gaal has named Joel Veltman as the club's new captain following the departure of Davy Klaassen to Everton.

Veltman, 25, was a long-touted successor for Klaassen and captains the club after spending 16 years in the system.

At the unveiling, the right back was rapt with the appointment, saying it was 'the proudest moment of my life' and that he was 'keen to work with van Gaal to improve the club'.

The club also announced that returning striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will become the new vice captain, despite only re-joining the club last month. Club officials stated they were impressed with his leadership ability and his experience; Huntelaar at 33 is by far the oldest player in the squad.

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