Ajax are hoping to appoint FC Utrecht boss Erik Ten Hag as their new head coach. 

  • By Michael Bell
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Marcel Keizer was sacked on Thursday after the defeat to FC Twente in the KNVB Cup and according to several reports, Erik Ten Hag is the man Ajax want to appoint as his successor.

No formal contact has yet been made with Utrecht for the 47-year-old but talks are expected over the weekend which should result in Ajax presenting their new head coach next week.

Ten Hag, who had previously coached Go Ahead Eagles and Bayern Munich II, took over at Utrecht two-and-a-half years ago and has gained plaudits for guiding the club to fifth and a KNVB cup final in his first campaign and then fourth last season.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Ten Hag gave nothing away and stated his full focus was on Utrecht’s match with NAC, “Everyone knows how well I like it at this club. We are working on something beautiful, and want to position ourselves towards the second half of the season, that is the most important thing at the moment. “

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