In addition to the new head coach for the first team, Frank De Boer, several other changes have been made to Ajax’s staff in the youth training area. At Jong Ajax, Albert van der Dussen and Bryan Roy will make way for Gery Vink (photo), effective immediately.
Vink (Opheusden, August 30, 1965) has been active at Ajax since 2006, where he had the A2 juniors under his lead. Previously, he was active as a youth trainer at Vitesse and PSV.
Frank De Boer and Bob de Klerk held the coaching positions at A1 until December 2010. After De Boer’s move, De Klerk took on the responsibility of the youth training team on his own. De Klerk informed Ajax last week of his intention to accept an offer from abroad. Starting next week, Dennis Bergkamp and Fred Grim will coach A1.
Bergkamp comes to A1 from D2.
Bergkamp (Amsterdam, May 10, 1969) went through Ajax’s youth training program from age twelve, making his debut with the first team in 1986. Bergkamp has played a total of 239 matches for Ajax, scoring 122 goals. Bergkamp has been back at Ajax since 2006 as a youth coach. The season before, he did an internship with the first team, at the time under Marco van Basten’s lead. This season, he’s been in charge of D2, together with Heini Otto. Otto will complete the season with that team, without the support of a second coach.
Grim (Amsterdam, August 19, 1965), went through Ajax’s youth training program, and made more than a hundred appearances in goal in nine seasons. He started as a keeper’s coach with Ajax in 2005, and after leaving for two years, returned to the club in 2008 as Pieter Huistra’s assistant coach with Jong Ajax. Grim has been performing several technical support functions with Ajax this season, among which managing the players loaned out by Ajax to other clubs.