Oct 30, 2023 at 3:59 PM Update: 3 minutes ago
With the coaching job at Ajax, John van ‘t Schip fulfills the fervent wish of his recently deceased wife. According to the new interim coach, Daniëlle van ‘t Schip had no choice but to get back to work quickly.
Van ‘t Schip was actually supposed to return to Ajax as technical manager on November 1. But a week after the death of his wife Daniëlle, while he was in Greece with his son and daughter, interim director Jan van Halst asked him to succeed the departed Maurice Steijn.
The 59-year-old Van ‘t Schip did not hesitate for a moment to join the declining top club. He felt strengthened by the conversations he had with his wife, who died of cancer three weeks ago at the age of 55.
“We’ve talked about that a lot,” Van ‘t Schip told NOS. “From the start, she said: ‘Do it. Go for it.’ This applied to what was initially the plan as technical manager, but also in the event that I had to take over from Maurice.”
“That was a push in the right direction. You are working on certain things yourself, but because we have discussed it with each other, the choice to do it is a lot easier.”
Van ‘t Schip is missing from Ajax-PEC
John van ‘t Schip will not be on the bench at Ajax-PEC Zwolle on Sunday, December 17. His son is getting married on that day in Australia. “I have indicated to Ajax that I will do everything and I would like to help, but I have to be there. Especially after Daniëlle’s death, that has been a requirement.”
‘I can go for it fully’
Van ‘t Schip thinks that his challenge at Ajax can act as a distraction. “We also talked about that. I have a daughter and a son at home in Australia, for whom I also have to be there. But they fully support it. I can go for it.”
At Ajax, Van ‘t Schip returns to the club with which he won four national titles, three national cups and the UEFA Cup as a player. The 41-time international of the Dutch team must help the Amsterdam club to find its way back up.
Van ‘t Schip will in principle fill his position in technical management after he has completed the season as head coach. Hedwiges Maduro, interim coach since the dismissal of Maurice Steijn, will again become assistant under Van ‘t Schip.