Ajax extends Erik ten Hag’s contract

Ajax extends Erik ten Hag’s contract

Ajax has reached an agreement with head coach Erik ten Hag for the extension of his contract, which had been effective until June 30, 2020.  The new agreement takes effect on July 1, 2019, until June 30, 2022.

Erik ten Hag (Haaksbergen, February 2, 1970) has been the head coach of Ajax’s first team since January 1, 2018.  Last season, the coach won the national championship with Ajax.  In addition to that, he also won the KNVB Cup and Ajax reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.  Ten Hag won the Rinus Michels Award last year, as best coach of the Eredivisie.  He also received this prize three years ago, thanks to the performances in his first year at FC Utrecht.

From June 1, 2002, until mid-2008, Ten Hag was head of the FC Twente/Heracles Almelo football academy.  From 2009 to 2012, he was the assistant coach at PSV.  In 2012-2013, he was the coach of Go Ahead Eagles, and was promoted to the Eredivisie with the club.

In the summer of 2013, the coach went to Germany, where he was in charge of Bayern Munich’s reserves team, which whom he won the championship of the regional league.  As of 2015-2016 he was head coach of FC Utrecht’s first team, reaching the cup semi-finals.  He won the Eredivisie play-offs with FC Utrecht the following season.

The multi-faceted Ten Hag’s active playing career extended from 1989 until 2002.  The former player played with, successively, FC Twente, De Graafschap, RKC Waalwijs and FC Utrecht.  In 1991, with the club from Doetinchem, Ten Hag was the undefeated champion of the then first division, and with the Enschede club, he won the KNVB Cup as captain.