26 May 2009
Ajax, HSV and Martin Jol have reached agreement today about the immediate transfer of Jol to Ajax. Jol signs a contract with Ajax for three seasons, starting 1 July 2009.Martin Jol (born in The Hague on 16 January 1956) will be the head coach of the first team of Ajax and will in that capacity also be responsible for other football matters such as transfers, scouting and the youth development program of the club. Jol will report directly to CEO Rik van den Boog.
The playing career of the multi-deployable Jol lasted from 1973 to 1989. In Holland he played for FC Den Haag and FC Twente, in Germany for Bayern München and in England for West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City. His coaching career began with the amateurs of FC Den Haag in the 1991-1992 season. Jol’s professional coaching career started in the 1996-1997 season, at Roda JC. With that club from Kerkrade, he won the Dutch FA Cup. Later he was successful as coach at RKC, English side Tottenham Hotspur and German club HSV. With the club from Hamburg, he surprisingly secured the fifth place in the league table on the final match day, earning the right to play European football next season.
Ajax CEO Rik van den Boog about the appointment of Jol as the new coach: “It is the most important position within a football club, so we acted very carefully. Martin has all the qualities that the new coach of Ajax should have in our opinion. He is experienced and has gained that experience both in Holland and abroad. He has worked for big and not so big clubs and has shown he can get the maximum potential out of his players. He is furthermore a coach who has proven that he is willing to give talented young players a chance, which is of the utmost importance for us. As the club’s management we have not been working together in this structure for very long, but I am very happy with the way we collaborated to make this possible. It was an exciting and fascinating period, with an excellent result for Ajax.’’
Martin Jol: ,,Ajax offer me a great chance, with a long-term perpective. I will have an extended package of responsibilities. Ajax is a fantastic football club and I am really looking forward to getting started. I had a great time at HSV, it is a big club and Hamburg is a nice city to live in. I have worked abroad the past years and now I get to return to Holland, I am looking forward to that too.”
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