Martin Jol stands down as Ajax coach

Martin Jol on Monday night resigned as coach of Amsterdam football club Ajax following mounting criticism of his performance.

Former international Frank de Boer who currently trains Ajax’s top youth team and is assistant to national coach Bert van Marwijk will replace De Jol on a temporary basis.
According to a statement on the Ajax website, ´based on discussions … between general manager Rik van den Boog and Jol, it has become increasingly clear that Jol sees insufficient grounds to successfully continue his partnership with Ajax’.
Jol´s two assistants Cock Jol and Michael Lindeman are leaving with him.
Last season
Jol, 54, became head coach at Ajax on July 1, 2009. The team came second in last season’s league competition, won the KNVB CUP and qualified for the Champions League group round.
In the statement, Jol said ‘I have realized that the expectations after last season were simply too high…. The amount of criticism that the club has had to endure has led to turbulence in the organisation and with the players’.
Former Ajax player Johan Cruijff who has been very critical of Jol’s performance in recent weeks, said in the Telegraaf it is important that De Boer earn wide support. ‘You do not solve problems simply by swapping captains,’ he said.
Ajax is currently fourth in the premier league and plays away at AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.
De Jol is already being linked to the new vacancy at English side Newcastle United.

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