Loyal Ajax star becomes new coach
14 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Former club player and Dutch international Danny Blind was named on Monday as the new coach of Amsterdam Ajax, replacing Ronald Koeman who resigned last month.
14 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — Former club player and Dutch international Danny Blind was named on Monday as the new coach of Amsterdam Ajax, replacing Ronald Koeman who resigned last month.
Blind, 43, played for Ajax between 1986 and 1999 and was appointed at the end of his playing career as player policy chief. But he resigned from the position after just nine months due to dissatisfaction about his tasks and responsibilities.
He returned to the club several months later as one of its youth coaches and has served since February 2003 as chief of the youth training department. He was also coach of Ajax A youth, winning the national championship in 2002 and 2004.
After Koeman's widely-expected resignation, Blind was named as one of the most serious contenders, along with Martin Jol (Tottenham Hotspur coach), Henk ten Cate (assistant coach at Barcelona) and Johan Neeskens (former NEC coach).
Under the interim leadership of Ruud Krol and Tonny Bruins Slot, Ajax has won its past three matches, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. Blind has now signed a contract until July 2007 and will take up the position immediately.
Former Dutch international Johan Cruijff was a prominent adviser for Ajax in its search for a new coach. The club now needs to appoint a technique coach to replace Louis van Gaal.
Blind debuted in the Dutch Premier League with Sparta in 1979, before moving to Ajax in 1986. He played in total 537 premier league matches, 372 of them with Ajax. He also played 42 matches with the Dutch international team.
While at Ajax, he won five national championships, the national cup on four occasions, the Champions League, the Europe Cup 2, the UEFA Cup and the "world championship", played between the winner of the European Champions League and the South American champion.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news