Edwin van der Sar emphasizes that Ajax is working hard to get out of the dip. He is certainly not dissatisfied with the work that Gerry Hamstra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have done during the past transfer summer and he talks to Ajax Life therefore in the succession of Marc Overmars.
The former director has not yet been succeeded within Ajax, but according to the current general director, this has nothing to do with an internal power struggle. “It has nothing to do with that at all. A successor to Marc has been looked around, but this has not yet been found. Gerry Hamstra had been working with Marc for a year and had previously stood on his own two feet at other clubs. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had indicated that he had ambitions in this direction. As a club we want to give people a chance to develop themselves.’
Moreover, Van der Sar is certainly not dissatisfied with the way in which Hamstra and Huntelaar are filling it in together. “It’s been an extremely busy transfer summer, with so many players leaving. Also a few at the last minute, because an offer came to which we couldn’t say “no”. The team is now developing, also with Alfred Schreuder as the new trainer.’
Although Ajax is not currently in its best phase of recent years, Van der Sar does not believe that Ajax fans should go far back in time to think of successes. “I think we’ve seen enough matches with fantastic football in recent years. Last season we won all six group games. We also played good games in the first month of this season. There was indeed a dip after that, but we are working hard to get out of it.’
Van der Sar about third ring at Johan Cruijff ArenA
Finally, the policymaker discusses whether or not a third ring should be placed at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. ‘In recent years we have already managed to create about five thousand extra places by closing the canals and four cheeks. A third ring behind the goals has sometimes been considered, but that costs so much money that it is not profitable. And then you’re halfway up in the sky looking at Ajax, so I don’t think that’s going to happen.’
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