Olde Riekerink to leave Ajax

Olde Riekerink to leave Ajax

Ajax and Jan Olde Riekerink, head of youth development, have mutually agreed to end their current contract as of July 1, 2011.

Olde Riekerink (48) began as head of youth development at Ajax on July 1, 2007. He had previously been active at Ajax as a coach. After an internship with A1, he coached a number of youth teams, respectively D1, D2, B2 and A1. After the 1999-2000 season, he was Jan Wouters’ assistant coach with the first team, after which he became coach for Jong Ajax. In his first year as Jong Ajax’s coach (2000-2001), Olde Riekerink and the team were the national champions. The following season, the former professional player reached the Dutch cup semi-finals with Jong Ajax.

In May 2002, he was put forward as coach for the Belgian top league team AA Gent, after which he went on to coach at Emmen at the end of 2003. Before returning to Ajax as head of youth development, he was Co Adriaanse’s assistant coach at FC Porto in Portugal, and he was active at Metallurg Donetsk in the Ukraine. Jan Olde Riekerink served Ajax for eleven years in total.