Two days after finishing 2nd to rivals, PSV by a mere point, Erik ten Hag left the club by mutual consent. Ajax failed to make it to the Champions League group stage, but fared particularly well in the Europa League, getting knocked out by Sporting Lisbon on the away goal rule in the Quarter Finals. That was also how far they made it in KNVB Cup losing on penalties to PEC Zwolle.
To replace ten Hag they looked no further than Jong Ajax and Dutch legend, Milan de Koningh. Milan was born and raised in Amstelveen and grew up supporting Ajax and idolising, Johan Cruyff and finally got to watch his idol when Johan returned to Amsterdam in 1981. Milan joined Ajax as a fresh faced eight year old and spent the entirety of his career in Amsterdam. He broke into the first team in 92’ at the age of 16 and enjoyed a fruitful time with Ajax, before finally retiring at the end of the 11-12 season, and at the ripe old age of 36.
He retired with 8 Eredivisie, 7 KNVB Cups, 7 Dutch Super Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Uefa Cup and the Champions League at the age of 19. He and Ajax had a lean spell between 99’ & 01’, before picking up again. Milan got to play with Rijkaard, Bergkamp, Frank and Ronald De Boer, van der Sar, Seedorf, Davids, Reiziger, Bogarde, Kanu, Litmanen, Blind, Kluivert and many, many more. But everyone departed for bigger and better things, but not de Koningh. He stayed loyal to Ajax and made 80 appearances for Netherlands, scoring a healthy 34 goals in the process. He didn’t see any success with the national team, and considering the players that had available, they should’ve. But Milan’s playing career was a glorious one. And he had offers to leave, but Amsterdam was his HOME.
And after a few years coaching, he’s answered the call to help de Godenzonen on another successful journey, or he’ll die trying.