Ajax sack head coach Alfred Schreuder with immediate effect

Alfred Schreuder has been sacked form his job as Ajax head coach, the club has officially announced.

The 50-year-old coach replaced Erik ten Hag at the Johan Cruyff Stadium after his predecessor left to join Manchester United but a string of poor results recently meant the club had no choice but to dismiss Schreuder from his role.

Despite a strong start to life in Amsterdam with six straight wins in all competitions, the club have failed to keep that momentum going picking just one victory in their last eight outings including a draw at Feyenoord last weekend.

Director of football Edwin van der Sar told the club’s website he is disappointed this has happened but added the decision had to be made.

He said: Edwin van der Sar: “It is a painful decision, but also a necessary one. After a good start to the season, we then lost an unnecessary number of points.

The game was also volatile. The World Cup meant an early and long winter break. time and kept us confident to change things and improve.In recent weeks it became increasingly clear that he could not turn the tide, while we believe that despite the many transfers he had a strong and championship worthy squad at his disposal.

We have also lost a lot of points in recent weeks and unfortunately we did not see any progress.”

Schreduer joined Ajax after a six-month stint at Club Brugge replacing Philippe Clement who went on to join Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. He went on to secure a Belgian Pro League title in that time, stopping Royal Union Saint-Gilloise from securing their first ever top-flight title since 1935.

Assistant coach Matthias Kaltenbach’s contract was terminated at the club as well.

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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