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Five managers in line to take the reins at crisis club Ajax
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Adam Drury
Jesse Marsch is available for work after leaving Leeds in February
Jesse Marsch is available for work after leaving Leeds in February

Ajax are on the hunt for a new manager after failing to win the Eredivisie for the first time since 2018.

Neither Alfred Schreuder nor John Heitinga were able to get a tune out of the squad after the departure of Erik ten Hag to Manchester United last summer.

With star players set to leave after the Dutch giants missed out on Champions League qualification, and chaos in the boardroom following Edwin van der Sar's resignation, taking over at the Johan Cruyff Arena now is a tough job.

We run the rule over the managers the Amsterdam outfit could entrust with their rebuild.

Peter Bosz

Peter Bosz has already spent one season at Ajax, guiding them to the 2017 Europa League final before leaving for Borussia Dortmund.

His side missed out on the Eredivisie title that term but posted 81 points, a considerable tally for a runner-up, while he has also taken charge of Bayer Leverkusen and Lyon in the following years.

The Dutchman's all-out attacking style leaves his teams vulnerable but can yield great success — and should work for a club that will always be expected to win most matches.

Kjetil Knutsen

Kjetil Knutsen looks primed for a big European job
Kjetil Knutsen looks primed for a big European job

Kjetil Knutsen is so often linked to this type of job that it is a surprise he is still in post at Bodo/Glimt.

With his team well on their way to a third Eliteserien title in five seasons, the Norwegian has most recently been approached by Celtic to replace Ange Postecoglou.

Knutsen's transformational work at a club that had spent much of the previous decade in the second tier of Norwegian football has understandably interested clubs who want to appoint a progressive, attacking coach.

Jesse Marsch

Jesse Marsch should be well rested after a bruising experience in charge of Leeds, where his work has aged far less badly than it seemed it might at the time.

Neither Javi Gracia nor Sam Allardyce were able to improve the West Yorkshire club's fortunes, ultimately resulting in relegation to the Championship, so Marsch's body of work from New York Red Bulls and RB Salzburg should have him in contention for other high-profile positions.

The American coaches a high-tempo, pressing system that suits Ajax's DNA.

Ralph Hasenhuttl

Ralph Hasenhuttl left Southampton last year
Ralph Hasenhuttl left Southampton last year

Ralph Hasenhuttl is another Red Bull disciple capable of reinvigorating Ajax.

The Austrian has been out of work since last year's departure from Southampton, where he overachieved relative to the Saints' transfer spend with an energetic style.

The South Coast outfit slid to the bottom of the Premier League after dismissing Hasenhuttl, who has previously made a decent fist of things at RB Leipzig and has the aura to take on a big job.

Daniel Farke

Daniel Farke is the unlikeliest candidate on this list of names having just been sacked after one underwhelming season in charge of Borussia Monchengladbach.

The German undoubtedly coaches attacking principles that Ajax would be keen on, though — best demonstrated in the way that his Norwich side twice won the Championship title during his time at Carrow Road.

Though he struggled in the Premier League with the Canaries, his style of play is likelier to translate to a team that is dominant in its division.


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