Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 11:54 PM• Tom Rofekamp

Johan Derksen advises Maurice Steijn against hiring Henk ten Cate as an advisor. The Telegraph nominated the latter as the ideal man to save the Ajax coach’s skin. However, Derksen does not think that Steijn can be blamed for the sporting malaise. “He has all kinds of mediocre players around him.”

Mike Verweij and Valentijn Driessen put Ten Cate forward on Thursday as Steijn’s ideal helper. “Otherwise it would seem like a matter of counting down until the man from The Hague leaves the field in the Johan Cruijff ArenA,” the duo said. The Telegraph. Derksen does not understand why Steijn is under so much fire. “If I were that trainer I would say: ‘I don’t need Henk ten Cate.’ That boy managed very well at Sparta with mediocre material. Well, he now has all mediocre players around him,” the analyst argues. Today Inside.

Tablemate René van der Gijp responds to Derksen. “The problem, of course, is that Steijn has already been at Ajax for about three months and guys like Berghuis have also heard him speak for three months. Players don’t need long to say: ‘It’s not much’.” Derksen responds: “Berghuis – and Bergwijn, who is also a good football player – should also realize that that trainer simply has no chance because they have to play football with nine nobodys.”

“You cannot send this team out to pasture with any assignment. I still have to see whether they beat RKC on Sunday,” concludes Derksen. According to it Algemeen Dagblad Steijn will in any case have the opportunity to turn the tide until the next international match. During that time, Ajax plays against RKC Waalwijk (away), AEK Athene (away) and AZ (home).


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