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Jol named new head coach at Ajax

Martin Jol
Jol decided the time was right to return to his homeland

Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol is to become head coach of Dutch giants Ajax after agreeing a three-year contract.

The 53-year-old quit German club Hamburg to succeed Marco van Basten, despite being linked with a return to the Premier League with Sunderland.

"Ajax have given me a great chance, with long-term perspective," he said.

"I get a wide array of responsibilities and I very much want to get started. I am delighted to come home after several years abroad."

Ajax held talks with Morten Olsen and Co Adriaanse, who both had previous spells in charge of the club, and former Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard before offering the job to Jol.

"Martin has all the qualities the new coach of Ajax should have, in our opinion.


"He is experienced and has experience both domestically and abroad. He has worked in large and smaller clubs and got the maximum from his players.

"He is a trainer who has shown that he gives talented young players a chance - our basic interest.

"I am very pleased with the way we have worked to achieve this. It was an exciting and challenging period, with an excellent result for Ajax," said chief executive Rik van der Boog.

Jol, who began his coaching career with Twente Enschede and moved on to RKC Waalwijk before joining Tottenham in 2004, will be in charge of transfer policy and the youth set-up as well as the Ajax first team.

But his main mission will be to win the Eredivisie title for the first time since 2004 and try to re-establish the team as a force in European competitions.

Ajax have won the European Cup on four occasions but have not played in the group stage of the Champions League since 2005-06.

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see also
Quinn outlines manager wish list
25 May 09 |  Sunderland
Van Basten resigns as Ajax coach
06 May 09 |  Europe
Jol ready to begin Hamburg role
21 May 08 |  Europe
Jol sacked as Tottenham manager
26 Oct 07 |  Tottenham

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