Michael Reiziger has been appointed as the coach of the Ajax Reserves. He will sign a contract that takes effect on July 1, 2017, and is valid for two years, until June 30, 2019.
Reiziger (Amstelveen, May 3, 1973), has been working as an assistant coach with Sparta Rotterdam´s first team since the 2014-2015 season. Prior to that, the 72-time international was coaching the Sparta under 17s and, on behalf of the KNVB, was a part of the technical staff of the Dutch national under 17s team.
The coach played in Ajax’s youth academy and made his debut in Ajax 1on April 21, 1990. After being loaned out to FC Volendam (1992-1993) and FC Groningen (1993-1994), he returned to Ajax and played in the successful team under Louis van Gaal for two seasons. With this team, he won several prizes, including the UEFA Champions League, the World Club Cup and two national championships. The defender played a total of 93 official matches in Ajax’s first team. He left for AC Milan in 1996 and, after that, he played for FC Barcelona for seven seasons. Via Middlesbrough and PSV, Reiziger ended his playing career in 2007.
Michael Reiziger: “It’s great to return to the club where it all started for me, and where I achieved my biggest successes. In the past few years, as assistant coach at Sparta, I’ve gained a lot of coaching experience. The championship in the Jupiler League was amazing and last year, we held our own in the Eredivisie. It’s now time for the next step in my career. At the Ajax Reserves, I’ll be dealing with the greatest talents in the country, and I can’t wait to get started.”
General Manager Edwin van der Sar: “It’s great that Michael Reiziger will be at the helm of our reserves team next season. We have a real Ajacied in him. He’s a young, talented coach who has been through this youth academy himself and knows the club very well. It’s very important for us that the players’ transition from the upper teams to the Ajax Reserves, and then to the A-selection, goes smoothly. Michael will play a key role in that process, just like Marcel Keizer did last season. Together with Reiziger, we are hoping to appoint an assistant soon. George Ogararu will be doing the Professional Coaching education in Romania next season. It will be impossible for him to combine that with the Jupiler League’s busy schedule.”