Ajax, the prestigious representative of Dutch professional soccer, has been forced to fire its head coach due to its extreme poor performance.
Ajax announced on its website on the 24th (Korean time), “We have decided to immediately part ways with coach Maurice Stein. Coach Stein has reached an agreement with management to step down.”
Director Stein’s term was originally until June 2026. The reason Coach Stein suddenly stepped down was because Ajax was going through its worst slump.
Ajax fell to 17th place out of 18 teams participating in the Dutch Eredivisie in the 2023-2024 season, putting them in a position to worry about relegation rather than aiming for the championship.
After the opening, they only achieved 1 win (2 draws, 4 losses) in 7 games. In particular, they have lost all of their last four games and are hardly able to lay the foundation for a rebound.
This season, both matches in the UEFA Europa League (UEL) group stage were also drawn.
Jan Van Halsteren, the club’s CEO, said, “We collaborated intensively and professionally with Coach Stein for several months, but neither the results nor the team’s development were achieved properly.”
Ajax is a prestigious team that has won the most titles (36) in the Eredivisie. They have been considered one of the top three Dutch clubs along with PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord, but the gap with these teams has widened significantly this season.
Eindhoven is in first place with 27 points with 9 consecutive wins, and Feyenoord (23 points) is also in 3rd place with 7 wins and 2 draws. The point difference with Eindhoven is 22 and with Feyenoord is 18.짱구카지노 도메인
Ajax finished third in the regular season last season and missed out on the championship. Ajax, who dismissed coach Alfred Sröder in January of this year due to poor performance, brought in coach John Heitinga, who was leading the second-tier team, as a firefighter, and mutually parted ways with coach Heitinga at the end of the 2022-2023 season.
Edwin van der Sar, a famous goalkeeper and soccer administrator, also stepped down from his position as CEO after the 2022-2023 season.