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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2007, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Ten Cate 'to make Chelsea attack'
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Henk Ten Cate's work has been praised by Arnold Muhren
Henk Ten Cate's work has been praised by Arnold Muhren
Former Ipswich and Manchester United star Arnold Muhren expects Henk Ten Cate to bring flair and discipline to Chelsea as assistant to Avram Grant.

Ajax coach Ten Cate is set to move to Stamford Bridge after he was cleared to complete the formalities of his move.

Muhren, youth team coach at Ajax, told BBC Sport: "He is a good motivator, excellent tactically and always wants to play attacking football.

"It's a very good appointment. He gets the best out of players."

Everyone in Holland knows him as a coach who will play attacking football

Arnold Muhren on Henk Ten Cate

Muhren also believes Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen will have been instrumental in luring Ten Cate to Stamford Bridge.

He said: "Frank Arnesen will know him and I think he will have had a big voice in bringing him to Chelsea."

Ten Cate, 52, was a successful assistant to Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard and helped the Catalan club win the Champions League and Spanish title in 2006.

And Muhren believes he could be a big success if he is allowed to wield his influence by new boss Grant.


He said: "I know him from working with him at Ajax and he did a good job there and also with Rijkaard at Barcelona.

"He had some difficulties at Ajax, as you always have, with players leaving such as Wesley Sneijder, Ryan Babel and Tom de Mul.

"You are always building, but he is a very good coach and I think he will do well at Chelsea if he has influence there, which I am sure he will.

"At Chelsea he will be working with world-class players and in my opinion I think Chelsea can play more attacking football with the players they have.

"He is not just the second man, he has proved himself as the top coach at Ajax and also at other clubs. Everyone in Holland knows him as a coach who will play attacking football.

"Many coaches prefer to keep a clean sheet, but Ten Cate likes attacking football and his team to score goals."

Muhren added: "He likes to work with and improve players, and he selects players to play attacking football."

Ten Cate also has a reputation as a strict disciplinarian, and Muhren said: "This is the case. He likes discipline and he is certainly hard on players if he thinks it is needed.

"It is also important that he has already proved he can work with world-class players, which he did at Barcelona. I think he will get more out of Chelsea."

Muhren is not surprised Ten Cate has left his job in charge of Ajax to be number two at Chelsea.

He said: "Ajax is not in the Champions League and is out of the Uefa Cup and obviously Chelsea is a very big club in the English Premier League and want to win the Champions League.

"I know there is a lot of pressure at Chelsea because of expectations, the money and Roman Abramovich, but I believe he will prove to be a good choice."



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