Ajax and Wim Jonk have decided to part ways. The arbitration case between the club and the head of the youth academy has thus ended. Ajax and Jonk have agreed privately that he will stop performing his duties per December 4, 2015. Ajax is now seeking a suitable successor.
Ajax’s club management recently concluded that it would not be possible to reach an agreement on how to best carry out the duties of the technical heart. There has been a long term difference of opinion regarding how to best fulfil the technical heart’s mandate and the accompanying responsibilities.
General Manager Dolf Collee: “In the past years, Wim and his team have put several changes in motion that are good for the youth academy. These are updates that are fitting for an ambitious club such as Ajax. We’re very grateful to him for that. We wish Wim success in his next professional steps.”
Jonk: “I’ve worked for Ajax with much pleasure in the past years, and have given everything for the youth academy and the Cruijff Plan. After Ajax informed me that they did not wish to continue with me, I feel that I have insufficient support and we have decided to part ways. I don’t think that it is in anyone’s best interest to fight this out in front of a judge.”
Jonk (Volendam, October 12, 1966) played, among others, with Ajax for five years during his international football career. After his career as a player ended, he returned to Ajax in 2007. He started as an individual technical trainer with the youth players. He has been the head of the youth academy for the past few years and, in that position, formed a part of the technical heart.