Wim Jonk has joined the technical staff of the Ajax youth academy. The 41-year old former football player will serve as an individual trainer.
Jonk will do this together with Simon Tahamata, who has already held a similar position for the last year and a half. The man from Volendam will focus mainly on the technical development of the older youth players. ,,This is a great challenge", Jonk said when he signed his contract on Friday. ,,Ajax is a big club, where I have had good times as a player. I did not have to think long when I was asked."
Jonk what is asked from him. ,,I have to get the players individually to a higher level", said the new trainer, who was known for his velvety passes. ,,I will of course teach passing, but also other aspects." Technical director Martin van Geel is pleased that Jonk is back with Ajax. ,,We have seen Wim work with Volendam and are convinced that his is an asset to our youth academy. And it is a plus that he played for Ajax himself."
Wim Jonk began his professional career with FC Volendam in the first division in 1986 bi. He joined Ajax two years later. Jonk played five years for Ajax and won the Dutch championship, the UEFA Cup and the Dutch Cup with the club. In 1993 transferred to Italian side Internazionale from Milan. Two years later he returned to Holland and played for PSV for three years. Jonk finished his career with Sheffield Wednesday in England.
Jonk earned 49 caps for Holland and played on the World Cup squads of 1994 and 1998.
After his retirement as a player, Jonk served as an football analyst for TV and then rejoined FC Volendam, where he was technical manager.