After Frank de Boer quit on Thursday Ajax have begun the search for their new head coach, but who is in the running? Michael Bell takes you through some of the names linked with the position so far.

den bromJohn van den Brom

The current AZ Alkmaar boss was a former player at the Amsterdam club and coached Jong Ajax from 2004 to 2007. The 49-year-old failed to impress with Anderlecht, but has rejuvenated¬†his coaching career with AZ who he has guided to fourth in the table this season. The Alkmaar club have played some attractive attacking football and that would be popular in the Amsterdam Arena, with some fans tired of De Boer’s tactics over the past few seasons.

bosz maccPeter Bosz

The current favourite to take over from De Boer, the former Vitesse boss is currently with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel but was rumoured to have already held talks with Marc Overmars. Those talks were denied by Bosz, who has no past with Ajax but would bring his attack-minded style to Amsterdam.

seedorf coaClarence Seedorf

The former Ajax star was harshly sacked by AC Milan after a short spell in charge of the club and has been waiting for a return to coaching ever since. Could Ajax offer him this opportunity to prove that he has the potential to be a top coach? He would certainly be interested in the position.

stam ajaJaap Stam

If Ajax want to promote from within the club then Jaap Stam would surely be the first choice. Currently the coach of Jong Ajax, Stam has spoken several times of his ambition to coach at a high level as soon as possible and was given the nod of approval from De Boer himself back in November. De Boer was untested at a high level when he became Ajax boss six years ago, so why should Stam not be given the chance?

laudrupMichael Laudrup

Another former Ajax great that is being linked with the position is Dane Michael Laudrup, who finished his illustrious playing career in Amsterdam. As a coach, Laudrup has gained experience in Russia, Spain, England and more recently Qatar. Currently without a club, Netherlands could be the next destination for the 51-year-old who is undoubtedly a fans favourite.

kluivert cucuPatrick Kluivert

The former Ajax striker has recently joined the club as U19 youth coach, but maybe he could be set for an instant promotion. Kluivert has been assistant with Netherlands, AZ and NEC, whilst also testing out his skills as a head coach at Jong Twente and the Curacao national team. Kluivert has stated constantly that he is looking for his first major head coaching position and would surely jump at the chance to do it at the club that made him a star.

jans zwolRon Jans

An unlikely choice but it would be great to see Jans given the opportunity at Ajax after doing great things with PEC Zwolle in recent years. The 57-year-old has turned PEC Zwolle from a yo-yo Dutch club to an established Eredivisie side that challenges for Europe season after season. Jans guided them to their first KNVB Cup success by hammering Ajax in the final back in 2014, and surely deserves a shot at coaching a major Dutch side at some point. A big character off the pitch, Jans passion would undoubtedly make him a hit with the fans.

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