Meulensteen was close to a role at Ajax: “Ten Hag called me, he saw a role for me in his staff”

René Meulensteen has been close to a role at Ajax. Australia’s current assistant tells the story Football International about the opportunity that was offered to him by former Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.

It didn’t matter much if Meulensteen was active at Ajax. ‘Ten Hag called me, he saw a role for me in his staff,’ says Meulensteen. However, he refused this offer. “I had already given my word to Australia at that time. When I give my word, I keep it.’

Meulensteen then says that he has not regretted choosing Australia for a moment. ‘It was an opportunity, but I can’t regret it because I took on this adventure with conviction,’ says Meulensteen. Australia is also active at the current World Cup in Qatar. She played their opening game against France on Tuesday. Despite a lead, Australia lost with big numbers to the reigning world champion: 4-1.

Also approached by Orange


In addition to Ajax, Meulensteen was also close to a role with the Orange. ‘That was in 2016 when Danny Blind was national coach. Ruud van Nistelrooij dropped out as assistant, I had a conversation’, continues Meulensteen, who then says that Dick Advocaat was preferred to him in order to satisfy the media. ‘That was a serious opportunity to do something with the Dutch national team. Of course I saw that. Blind called me nicely and I wished them luck.’

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