Barely recovering from the celebration of the 36th title in their history, Ajax Amsterdam have formalized the arrival of their new coach in the person of current Bruges coach Alfred Schrader. He will replace Eric ten Haig, who is already linked with Manchester United. Schrader finds a club he knew between 2018 and 2019.
It was an open secret. Tracked by Ajax Amsterdam for several weeks, Alfred Schrader has officially signed up with the Ajax club. The 49-year-old technician signed this Thursday with an option for two years. Schrader has not been on the Johan Cruyff Arena side in uncharted territory since Erik ten Haag’s assistant coach between January 2018 and June 2019. What reassures Edwin van der Sar, General Manager of Ajax: “In recent years he has gained experience as head coach and assistant coach at top clubs in various countries and competitions. We are confident that in recent years we have gained more support for Ajax. The path he has chosen for him will give him good continuity.”
The former Mancunian legend was also pleased with the pace with which Ten Haag’s successor was identified: “I am glad we now have some clarification on this important position at the club. Gerry Hamstra and Klass Jan Hunteler, who also spoke to Alfred, are working very hard on this issue.
Eager to preserve their player DNA, Ajax turned to a charming coach experienced in football. Schrader moved on to FC Barcelona, where he was Ronald Koeman’s assistant (2020–2021), following a position at Club Brugge since January and Philippe Clement at AS Monaco. Prior to the Catalan bracket, he was in charge of Hoffenheim, succeeding Julian Nagelsmann, of whom he was also deputy. It is the first opportunity for Schreuder to express himself at a major European club, “a great opportunity” that he wants to “seize with both hands”.
“I’m also happy to be back here, because I really enjoyed my year and a half at Ajax. I want to win prizes here in Amsterdam with an attractive football-playing team. Good balance between experienced high level players and huge talent.” With Schrader is in an excellent position to bring in. Two days before the end of the play-offs, the Gazelles are three points ahead of Royal Union Saint-Guillois.