John Heitinga achieves best start as Ajax head coach in 26 years

After John Heitinga secured his fourth successive league win as Ajax boss, he has achieved the best start at the Johan Cruyff Stadium in 26 years, Voetbal International reports.

Heitinga, 39, was appointed interim head coach at the Amsterdam club after Alfred Schreuder was shown the door after a spell of poor form but the club have recovered their form well under the new boss. 

Since taking the helm, Heitinga has achieved big wins against Excelsior, SC Cambuur, RKC Waalwijk and Sparta Rotterdam – scoring 16 goals in the process. 

The improvement in league form means Ajax have now climbed from fifth to second in the Eredivisie table and just three points behind league leaders Feyenoord but now have a far superior goal difference. 

As well as a goalless draw to Union Berlin in the Europa League play-offs and a win in the KNVB Cup against FC Twente means Heitinga has secured the best start for a coach since Morten Olsen in 1997 who secured 20 goals in the same timeframe. 

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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