The departure of Mushin Ertugal as manager of Ajax has left a gaping hole at the helm of the club.
Many names have been bandied about as possible replacements. A number of these have been big names in the football world including the former Dutch super-star, Patrick Kluivert.
With Ajax CT being the feeder club for their Dutch-based parent club (Ajax Amsterdam), the trend of bringing in a foreign (generally Dutch), big-name coach seems likely to continue. But is this the best course of action? Should Ajax CT continue to focus on grooming young players for overseas’ markets (and in particular for Ajax FC) or should they put all of their energy into the domestic competitions? The coach that the club ultimately decides to hire will favour one or other of these positions.
If we take Ajax CT’s history, especially recently, into consideration, their performance in all competitions has been rather lack-lustre. Having acquired no notable silverware for a number of years, the fans must be beginning to wonder whether it is in fact possible for their club to do the business. This is especially worrying considering their lofty parentage with Ajax Amsterdam being one of the top clubs, not only in the Netherlands, but Europe as well.
As far as Ajax CT serving as a feeder club for Ajax Amsterdam, it is notable that in recent times only Steven Pienaar and Thulani Serero have graduated to their European counterparts. Is it sufficient that, since the inception of Ajax CT, only two players have made the grade and seen a move to Europe?
Perhaps it’s a case of too many eggs in one basket. Either way, as a supporter of the club, it would be encouraging to see Ajax performing well domestically and also exporting players to foreign lands.
As fellow Ajax supporters, who do you think should be the coach of Ajax and where do you believe Ajax should focus their energies?