Ajax 1-1 FC Volendam: Hosts extend their winless run to SEVEN games
Ajax 1-1 FC Volendam: Dutch champions’ draw at home to strugglers proves the final straw for Alfred Schreuder as boss is sacked, with late Mohammed Kudus equaliser needed to prevent embarrassing home defeat
- Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder has been sacked after seven games without a win
- The hosts were ten minutes away from an embarrassing home defeat
- Mohammed Kudus salvaged a point but it was not enough to save Schreuder
Ajax have sacked manager Alfred Schreuder just over an hour after they were held to a 1-1 draw – their seventh straight league game without a victory.
The 1-1 draw with strugglers FC Volendam proved to be the final straw for the Dutch giants, after reports earlier in the week that they were considering his future.
FC Volendam took a surprise lead in the 59th minute through Damon Mirani, before Mohammed Kudus scored ten minutes from time to prevent an embarrassing home defeat.
The result keeps the reigning Dutch champions fifth in the table – seven points off leaders Feyenoord.
Ajax have decided to sack Alfred Schreuder after his side were held to a 1-1 draw
A statement on the Dutch club’s website said his sacking was due to the ‘many points’ they have lost and the team’s lack of development.
Schreuder was contracted at the club until June 2024, but they took the decision to terminate him immediately as they have lost confidence in his management.
They also announced that his assistant coach Matthias Kaltenbach will also see his contract terminated.
Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar told the club’s official website: ‘It is a painful decision, but also a necessary one. After a good start to the season, we then lost an unnecessary number of points. The game was also volatile.
Ajax were behind until the 80th minute before they salvaged a draw against FC Volendam
‘The World Cup meant an early and long winter break. time and kept us confident to change things and improve.
‘In recent weeks it became increasingly clear that he could not turn the tide, while we believe that despite the many transfers he had a strong and championship worthy squad at his disposal.
‘We have also lost a lot of points in recent weeks and unfortunately we did not see any progress.’
Dutchman Schreuder, 50, took over from Ten Hag last summer after he departed for Manchester United and has struggled to galvanise the playing squad – and supporters – under his leadership and is now facing the prospect of losing his job.
His Ajax side’s 1-1 draw in ‘the Classic’ with Feyenoord was a blow for Schreuder, and by dropping more points to FC Volendam, they failed to win their game in hand to go four points behind their rivals.
Ajax players looked frustrated after the final whistle as their poor form continued
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