Ajax hire Mislintat to finally replace Overmars as director of football
Ajax have finally filled the void left by Marc Overmars with the appointment of former Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund transfer chief Sven Mislintat.
Overmars was sacked by Ajax in February 2022 after "a series of inappropriate messages sent to several female colleagues over an extended period of time".
The former Netherlands international apologised for his actions but departed the club, accepting a role at Belgian side Antwerp a month later.
In the meantime, Ajax have operated without a specific director of football, Overmars' duties instead handled by technical managers Gerry Hamstra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Mislintat, who left Stuttgart in late 2022, will step into the void from May 19.
Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar said of the appointment: "It is good for Ajax that we have been able to fill this important position with an internationally experienced football director who can start quickly.
"A careful process preceded the search for the right person. We were looking for someone who stands for attacking and attractive football.
"Someone who has an international network, and has an eye for scouting, development, and the growth of our own youth.
"Sven meets the profile, and he made a very good impression on us from the first talks in February.
"In addition, he has a way of working that fits today's industry. I am convinced that he will make an important contribution to new successes of Ajax."
Mislintat made his name at Borussia Dortmund, where he was head of scouting and head of professional football between 2006 and 2017, playing a vital role in the identification of talents who re-established BVB among the elite.
Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele all signed for Dortmund on Mislintat's watch.
He became Arsenal's head of recruitment in 2017 but his spell in charge of transfers was largely deemed a disappointment, leaving in February 2019.
Mislintat returned to Germany with Stuttgart two months later, staying until late last year when he opted against signing a new contract as he sought a new challenge.