May 30, 2023 at 11:19
The departure of general manager Edwin van der Sar is a new chapter in the exodus at Ajax. In a short time, many important people (whether or not forced) closed the door behind them in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
December 26: Supervisory Board member Danny Blind
At Ajax it was expected that Danny Blind would return to his position as commissioner of technical affairs when his period as assistant national coach at the Dutch team came to an end. But the former defender wanted “to have his hands free” and decided otherwise. Blind has since been succeeded by the recently nominated Jan van Halst.
January 26: trainer Alfred Schreuder
Ajax thought that Alfred Schreuder would be the ideal successor to successful coach Erik ten Hag, but under the leadership of De Barnevelder the results were quite disappointing. It led to his resignation in January. In his wake, assistant Matthias Kaltenbach also left. Things didn’t go much better under interim coach John Heitinga.
March 10: assistant coach Michael Reiziger
The 72-time international of Orange spent six years on the bench at Ajax, but thinks it’s time to stand on your own two feet. It is now known that Michael Reiziger will succeed Erwin van de Looi as national coach of the Dutch Juniors.
March 14: Supervisory Board chairman Leen Meijaard
Leen Meijaard had already announced at the end of 2022 that he would not be available for a new term and that was confirmed on March 14. The vacancy on the Supervisory Board has been filled by Pier Eringa.
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3 April: technical manager Gerry Hamstra
Since the departure of Marc Overmars, Gerry Hamstra has been responsible for technical policy together with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Under his leadership, Ajax spent more than 100 million euros in two transfer periods, but that did not lead to success. The criticized Hamstra drew his own conclusions.
April 12: Chief Scout Henk Veldmate
Henk Veldmate decided to leave the Johan Cruijff ArenA after seven years and return to FC Groningen, the club he left for Ajax at the time. Veldmate was partly responsible for the arrival of players such as Nicolás Tagliafico, Lisandro Martínez, Edson Álvarez and Antony. A successor was recently found in Kelvin de Lang.
April 13: head of youth academy Saïd Ouaali
A day after Veldmate’s departure, it was announced that Ouaali is also calling it quits at Ajax. He was appointed in 2016 and was the club’s longest-serving head of youth academy ever. Ouaali has not yet been replaced.
May 24: the full board of directors
Chairman Frank Eijken, Wendy Nagel, Sander Mallie and Marc Stuut no longer felt support for the policy pursued. The reason was a discussion about the annual remuneration of supervisory board members. The board represents the members of Ajax at shareholders’ meetings and has a casting vote with 73 percent of the shares.
May 30: general manager Edwin van der Sar
Ajax’s disastrous season and the pressure on his position prompted Edwin van der Sar to resign. The general manager was no longer able to steer the right course with the 36-time national champion.