Ajax coach resigns, cites lack of drive

25th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 February 2005 , AMSTERDAM — Ajax football coach Ronald Koeman resigned on Thursday, less than 24 hours after his team was knocked out of the UEFA Cup by French team Auxerre.

25 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — Ajax football coach Ronald Koeman resigned on Thursday, less than 24 hours after his team was knocked out of the UEFA Cup by French team Auxerre.

"I must be honest to myself and Ajax. Yesterday's result clinched it. I can no longer come up with the strength and energy to get over this and get the group to perform better. That succeeded once … but it won't happen again," Koeman said.

"If I am not fully motivated and driven, I cannot and may not continue as Ajax coach. After three years and three months, an end comes to our successful co-operation. In this period I have worked with exceptional pleasure and have absolutely appreciated the support from the board and management."

Speculation had been rife on Friday morning that Koeman would be replaced as Ajax coach, with commercial Radio 538 even calling potential candidates to source them out for the job.

Assistant coaches Ruud Krol and Tonny Bruins Slot will take over the day-to-day coaching responsibilities of the famous Amsterdam club in the coming period.

But Ajax is examining several scenarios before appointing a definite replacement for Koeman, who has been the club coach since 3 December 2001.
 
Koeman, 41, previously coached Vitesse, his debut role as top coach of a Dutch Premier Division club. His appointment to the top job at Ajax followed the sacking of Co Adriaanse and Koeman had a contract until the summer of 2006.

Under Koeman's leadership, Ajax won the national league championship twice. But the club is presently third, a long way behind leader PSV. And prior to the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Auxerre in the UEFA Cup on Thursday night, pressure had been building for Koeman to be replaced.

In total, Koeman coached Ajax in 110 matches, winning 78, drawing 20 and losing on 12 occasions.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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