Ajax and FC Utrecht have reached an agreement for the transfer of Erik Ten Hag to Ajax. The 47 year-old coach and Ajax have agreed on the main items. Ten Hag will sign a 2,5 year agreement shortly, and this agreement will take effect on January 1 2018 and run until June 30, 2018.
Ten Hag (Haaksbergen, February 2, 1970) will become the first team’s coach. The multi-faceted Ten Hag’s playing career spans from 1989 to 2002. The former player was active for FC Twente, De Graafschap, RKC Waalwijk and FC Utrecht, respectively.
With the Doetinchem club in 1991, Ten Hag became the undefeated champion of the then-First Division,and, with the Enschede club, he also won the KNVB Cup as captain.
From June 2002 to mid-2008, Ten Hag was in charge of the FC Twente/Heracles Almelo football academy. Between 2009 and 2012, he worked as assistant coach at PSV. In 2012/2013, he became the head coach of Go Ahead Eagles and was promoted, with the club, to the Eredivisie.
Rinus Michels Award
In the summer of 2013, the coach went to Germany and took the lead over the Bayern München Reserves, a team with which he won the Regionalliga championship. As of the 2015/2016 season, he’s been the head coach at FC Utrecht. In his first year there, he won the Rinus Michels Award for best coach of the Netherlands.