Ajax appoint new manager Marcel Keiser

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Ajax have appointed Marcel Keiser as their new manager on a two-year deal with an option of a further one-year extension.

Keiser was in charge of Jong Ajax (Ajax’s reserve team) last season and took them to a second place finish in the Eerste Divisie. He replaces Peter Bosz who recently departed for Borussia Dortmund.

Ajax had a remarkable campaign last season in which they finished runners-up in the Eredivisie and reached the Europa League finals.

In an official statement issued to the club, Keiser said:

“We had some very positive talks and I feel the club believes in me,”
“I was ready to start the new season with Jong Ajax again, but you never know what happens in football. This is a great opportunity for me.”

“Our goal is to build on the way we played in 2016-17 and make it a great season where we can challenge for silverware.”

Keiser previously managed SC Cambuur – where he spent the most part of his career. He also had spells in charge of Telstar and FC Emmen. Last season Keiser took charge of Jong Ajax and played a crucial role in the development of Justin Kluivert – son of legendary Patrick Kluivert.

Netherlands legend and Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar expressed confidence in Keiser’s appointment.

“From the moment it seemed we would have to look for a new coach, Keizer was the choice of the technical heart of the club.”

“He knows the players, the organisation and supports the philosophy of the club. Moreover, he showed last season with a clear style of play and performed excellently.”