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Ajax coach Van ‘t Schip to step down at end of season

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John van ‘t Schip has confirmed he will not stay on as Ajax head coach beyond the end of the season, with the former winger eyeing an alternative role with the Eredivisie giants.

Van ‘t Schip – who played over 250 games for Ajax between 1981 and 1992 – returned as interim head coach in October following the dismissal of Maurice Steijn.

He took over with the Dutch giants bottom of the Eredivisie following a dreadful start to the campaign but has since led them into fifth place, albeit eight points adrift of the top four.

Ajax were also dumped out of the Europa Conference League prior to the international break, suffering a 4-0 defeat at Aston Villa after a goalless draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Amsterdam.

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On Thursday, Van ‘t Schip confirmed he expects to take on a new role with the club for next campaign.

“I am in discussions with club management about a different role within Ajax,” the former Netherlands international said.

“The intention of both sides is a role lasting for several years, which role is not yet known. I won’t be a head coach anymore.

“I am now focusing on the remaining eight games and then there will be plenty of time to talk.”

Harry Carr
Harry Carr
Harry is a freelance sports journalist with experience of working for the Racing Post, Stats Perform, Opta Analyst and more, covering major events across all sports but holding a particular love for the beautiful game.

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