Latest Ajax News: Maurice Steijn has taken over from interim coach Alfred Schreuder
Ajax has announced the appointment of Maurice Steijn as their new manager for a period of three years. This decision comes after a disappointing season where the club failed to make it to the Champions League for the first time in 13 years.
Last year, Steijn achieved a significant accomplishment by guiding the small team of Sparta Rotterdam to a sixth-place position in the Eredivisie, which was the team’s most successful outcome in 27 years.
Although the 49-year-old has accomplished a lot, his selection as the coach for the club that holds the record for 36 Dutch league titles was unexpected because he has primarily coached at smaller Dutch teams during his 12-year career.
“He has outperformed at every club where he has worked,” Ajax football director Sven Mislintat said of the former ADO Den Haag and NAC Breda player.
“I am convinced he is ready to make the step up.”
Earlier this month, Ajax removed their interim coach John Heitinga from his position, who had taken over from Alfred Schreuder. This decision was made after the team finished third in the standings, trailing behind champions Feyenoord by 13 points.