Ajax have appointed John Fantzip as head coach.
The club announced on its website on Tuesday (ET): “Former Ajax player Fantzip has signed a contract with the club as head coach from October 30, 2023 to June 30, 2025. Fantzijn and Ajax have agreed that Fantzijn will take on the role of technical director from July 1, 2024.”
Fantzip played for Ajax from 1981 to 1992 before leaving for Genoa in Italy. After his playing career, he served as a youth and assistant coach at Ajax from 1997 to 2001.
He later coached the Dutch national soccer team under Marco van Basten. He continued his coaching career with stints in Australia, Mexico, and the Netherlands before taking over as head coach of the Greek national soccer team in July 2019, succeeding Angelos Anastasiadis.
However, he resigned in November 2021, a month before his contract expired, following a third-place finish in the final round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Ajax were thrashed 5-2 by rivals PSV Eindhoven in the 10th round of the 2023/24 Eredivisie at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Sept. 29 (local time).
With the loss, Ajax now have one win, two draws, and five points from eight games, dropping them to 18th place in the league and a whopping 25 points behind first-place Eindhoven.
After winning 36 Dutch Eredivisie titles, reaching the last four of the Champions League, and going 16-0 in the group stage, the Dutch league’s top team has had a busy season.
They’ve spent a whopping €100 million on transfers. However, coach Söderre was fired for poor performance and legendary Daryl Blind was let go as a free agent.
To make matters worse, the club failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, losing out to rivals PSV and Feyenoord due to poor form.
Also, after parting ways with Heynckes, they hired Sparta Rotterdam coach Maurice Stein. However, his incomprehensible personnel and tactics have resulted in only one win this season. Even in a rebuilding season, a 15th place finish in the league was unacceptable. 짱구카지노
Ajax also hired Sven Mischlintat as director of football, but the club opened an investigation into a potential conflict of interest related to recent player signings by a German agency that holds a stake in Mischlintat’s personal company. Ajax eventually parted ways with Mischlintat on September 25 (KST).