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Graham Potter in contention to become next Ajax manager

Published at :April 7, 2024 at 8:49 PM
Modified at :April 7, 2024 at 8:49 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Graham Potter was sacked as Chelsea manager last season

The drive by Ajax to name Graham Potter as their new manager is gathering steam. When Potter was told he could think about returning to Holland to restart his career after being fired at Stamford Bridge about a year ago, new Ajax CEO Alex Kroes was taken aback.

After his performance at the Amex Stadium, the 48-year-old has gained some backing at the Amsterdam team. It was being suggested in some places that Kroes emulate an English player even prior to Ajax’s midweek 4-0 Europa Conference League loss to Aston Villa.

Lijnders and ex-coach Ten Hag are under observation by Ajax. When Jurgen Klopp leaves Anfield in the summer, Lijnders will be departing, and Ten Hag is fighting for his job at Old Trafford.

Ironically, Potter is being mentioned as the Dutchman’s potential replacement at United. After a dismal season that saw Ajax drop to the bottom of the Eredivisie standings for the first time in club history, Kroes has been tasked with turning the team around.In an attempt to create a new organisational structure at the Dutch team, he has paid visits to both United and rival Manchester City. Additionally, Kroes was reported to be very pleased with City’s academy structure, Pep Guardiola’s playing philosophy, and the multi-club concept he experienced at the Etihad.

John van ‘t Schip, the current Ajax manager, will step down at the end of the campaign after serving solely as a temporary replacement. Kroes is now intensifying his hunt, considering Lijnders to be the most likely candidate.

The Dutchman, who has established a strong reputation as a number two, will depart Anfield with Jurgen Klopp in the summer. However, Kroes hasn’t ruled out providing Ten Hag with a way out of his ordeal at United.After a terrible second season leading the Red Devils, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the team’s new co-owner, is thinking about hiring someone else. Ajax is not willing to provide a new manager with compensation.

However, that would not necessarily mean that Ten Hag would lose his job; if Ratcliffe did not provide enough guarantees regarding the authority he would be given, it is believed that the Dutchman would be open to leaving Old Trafford during the last year of his contract.

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