Henk ten Cate feels that Ajax are to blame for much of the criticism that Alfred Schreuder has received from the press in recent times.
Schreuder, who has been linked with a move to Germany, was already under pressure following a poor period which saw Ajax lose 6-1 to Napoli and fail to beat Go Ahead Eagles at home.
The criticism in the press then increased when it was reported that the manager and his agent were the main influence on the club’s summer signings rather than their scouting department.
That led to the Dutchman losing his temper in the press conference that followed Ajax’s 7-1 win over Excelsior, and former manager Ten Cate understands why his compatriot did so.
“If your integrity is at stake, you have to react,” he told De Telegraaf.
“You don’t have to accept everything, even if you are a trainer of Ajax, even if you are supposed to have steel armour.
“If your integrity is affected and people wrongly doubt you, then I can understand that you get angry and let loose. I also read this book myself when I was a trainer at Ajax in 2006.”
He feels the club is to blame for failing to keep such information away from the media.
“I am sure that Alfred Schreuder has fallen victim to the organization at Ajax,” he added.
“Nobody is strong enough to keep a new head coach out of the spotlight. Overmars tried that when Ten Hag had lesser periods.”