It has been a while since i had time to post an update on my blog but finally my vacation has started so here i am. In the last update we failed to qualify for the Champions League which meant we will be playing in the Europa League. A different kind of stage but in the Europa League everything is possible so we will do our best and see where we end up. I expect us to win the Eredivisie and also the Dutch cup should be ours! More then enough challenges and goals for us to achieve during my first season at AFC Ajax.
When i was a young boy i was able to witness AFC Ajax winning the Champions League. The above photo is one of the reminders of this club its successful football history. It is also one of the images that i have shown to my current players at AFC Ajax. Screaming and shouting out of joy after winning such a prize must be awesome and also a once in a lifetime thing. For me my goals at AFC Ajax are very clear and i want my players to be aware what they can reach during their football careers if they are able to maintain a solid focus on the sport they are performing.
With the history that AFC Ajax has as a football club our preseason was entirely focussed on reaching the goals that we have set at the start of our campaign. Our main goal is winning the Eredivisie. We just need to win the Dutch title again as last season PSV managed to get away with it. Our other main goal is to reach the Champions League but to do so we need to go through two qualifying rounds. At the start of the preseason our focus will be on those games as they can make the difference between a very good season or a season in the Europa League.
Now that we have decided in which tactical system we will be playing during the upcoming season it was time to take a serious look at the players. I knew in advance that there are quite a few players who do not possess the level of skill or the talent which i am aiming for. This made it a lot easier to analyse which players are allowed to stay and which players i want to sell.
Like every other football team and headcoach in the world we will need a tactical system to play by during the upcoming season. After thinking about this for quite some time i wasn’t sure what to do untill i stumbeled upon a website called strikerless and it immediately caught my attention. After reading a few articles on this website i was sold and i knew that my AFC Ajax was going to be a strikerless team.
Who doesn’t know Edwin van der Sar? Most people who follow football have heard about this former Dutch goalkeeper. Van der Sar had a great career which led him from Ajax to Juventus to Fulham and eventually Manchester United. The first time i met him in person i just didn’t know what to think off it.
Forget about everything and anything that you know about AFC Ajax. Forget about Johan Cruijff, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Rijkaard, Louis van Gaal and all the other former players and headcoaches that meant something or added something to the history of this beautiful club. From now on this club is mine and everybody working in it will be answering to me. I will do it my way and if people don’t like it they can sod off!