Ajax head coach Maurice Steijn is under pressure. After six matches in charge of the club, Ajax have lost twice, drawn twice and won twice. A record that nobody wants to hold as the manager of arguably the biggest club in the Netherlands.
According to Voetbal International, the clubs technical director Sven Mislintat, wants Maurice Steijn sacked. However, Mislintat himself is anything but safe in his current role.
After the goalless draw against Fortuna Sittard two weeks ago, Mislintat contacted general manager Jan van Halst and Chief Sports Officer Maurits Hendricks. He was looking for support to dismiss the 49-year-old head coach. Mislintat did not receive the support. The board and players still have full confidence in Steijn.
There have already been disagreements between Steijn and Mislintat this season. When goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli was ruled out of action due to injury, Steijn brought in Jay Gorter as his choice of back up keeper. Mislintat was reportedly unhappy about this, as he wanted new acquisition Diant Ramaj to play between the sticks.
Ajax spent over €100m on 12 new players in the summer. Currently, they sit 12th in the Eredivisie and are off to their worst league start since 1965. There is tension between staff and negative reports flying around the media. The next few weeks will be huge for Maurice Steijn, Sven Mislintat and Ajax as a whole. This week they face Marseille and Feyenoord.