Ajax appoint Club Bruges manager Alfred Schreuder as Erik ten Hag replacement

Ajax have announced Alfred Schreuder will replace incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag on an initial two-year deal.

The Club Bruges manager will start work in the summer, having previously worked at the club as Ten Hag’s assistant for a year and a half from January 2018.

Schreuder said of his appointment: “Becoming head coach at Ajax is an honor and a great opportunity, that I will grab with both hands.

“I’m also excited to return here, because I enjoyed the one and a half years I worked at Ajax very much. I wish to win prizes here in Amsterdam, with a team that plays attractive football.

“With a good balance between experienced top players and very big talents. But first I want to end the season with Club Bruges successfully. I want to say goodbye with a title, that is very important to me and I will do my absolute best to accomplish that. ”

Schreuder previously left the Johan Cruyff Arena to take up the reins at Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.

The former Feyenoord midfielder only lasted a year at Hoffenheim after replacing Julian Nagelsmann as head coach in July 2019.

Schreuder then a spell as Ronald Koeman’s assistant manager at Barcelona before taking over at Bruges.

The 49-year-old took charge after Philippe Clement moved to Monaco and is now just three points away from the Belgian title after back-to-back wins over Union Saint-Gilloise in the play-offs.

Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar added: “We know Alfred as a tactically strong trainer with good and versatile exercise material.

“These last years he has gained experience as a head coach and as assistant coach at top clubs in various countries and competitions.

“We have a lot of faith that he will give a good continuation to the path we have chosen at Ajax these last years.”

News of Schreuder’s appointment comes just a day after Ten Hag won his third league title with Ajax before his impending move to Manchester United.

Nicolas Tagliafico, Steven Berghuis, Sebastien Haller, Brian Brobbey and Edson Alvarez scored the goals which sealed Ajax the league title ahead of rivals PSV Eindhoven, who are four points behind with a game to go.

Ajax’s 36th league title victory was the perfect sign off for Ten Hag in his last home game at the club.

(Photo: Christian Kaspar-Bartke / Bongarts / Getty Images)

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