New Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag spoke to the NOS after completing his first training session at the club.

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The 47-year-old took over from the sacked Marcel Keizer late last month and is preparing his new squad for the second-half of the season.

Ten Hag said on taking over in Amsterdam, ”I never doubted myself when I had the opportunity to become Ajax manager. I was completely convinced it was the best decision to come to Ajax even though we are halfway through the current Eredivisie season.

”I am here to give Ajax a new impulse. In two weeks we play at home to Feyenoord and we must be ready. I am here to become champions of the Netherlands with Ajax. We must focus on the here and now and we must become champions this season.”

Ten Hag isn’t sure whether any new faces will join the club in the next few weeks, ”I have to evaluate my squad first and help to develop players before I think about the transfer market.”

Before taking over Utrecht, Ten Hag was coaching Bayern Munich II. He believes that working with then Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola has helped to mould his tactical st”Working at Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola helped to sharpen my already formed vision of football and always wanting to win and playing attacking football ”.

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