The architect of the recent revival of Ajax has left Amsterdam after just a year to join Borussia Dortmund, leaving a situation vacant at the Dutch giants
It’s been the talk of the town for days now but today the rumor mill finally had its conclusion as Peter Bosz was announced as Borussia Dortmund manager. Despite being the coach of Ajax for just a single season, Bosz is already leaving and not only for sporting reasons.
During the season some conflicts developed amongst the staff of the illustrious Dutch club, reports Dutch newspaper AD. Peter Bosz and one of his assistant managers, Hendrie Krüzen, aren’t on speaking terms with the rest of the staff anymore, including club legend Dennis Bergkamp. Bosz was so fed up with his colleagues that he forced CEO Edwin van der Sar to make a decision; they make way or I am leaving.
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The latter, with the knowledge we know have, was the choice of Van der Sar. A tough decision, bearing in mind that Peter Bosz had led Ajax to their first European final in over 20 years just a few weeks ago.
He also let Ajax play the kind of football the fans were always craving for, something they hadn’t seen for years. The attractive style integrated by Bosz, combined with the youthfulness of his side made the team headline news this season. It has subsequently resulted in Borussia Dortmund turning their attention to Bosz to replace Thomas Tuchel rather than the usual suspects.
In the Dutchman, Dortmund has a coach that has been in management since 1999 and is renowned for a risky, attacking style of play. With the talent at his disposal at the German club, Bosz can really introduce his philosophy properly and execute it to perfection.
Who will succeed Bosz at Ajax?
With Bosz leaving, Ajax will now have to look for another manager. The two coaches who have been mentioned the most in the past few days are former Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt and the current manager of Ajax’s second team, Marcel Keizer.
Schmidt (50) made name for himself as manager of Austrian heavyweights Red Bull Salzburg, with whom he humiliated Ajax in the Europa League three-years-ago (6-1 on aggregate). In 2014, Leverkusen named Schmidt as their manager after his outstanding work for Salzburg. At Leverkusen, Schmidt enjoyed a good start to his career but things eventually turned sour resulting in the club sacking him in March 2017. According to De Telegraaf, Schmidt is now one of the main candidates to take over in Amsterdam.
One of Bosz’ main competitors in his spell at Ajax was Marcel Keizer. At Ajax, people are extremely impressed by the work Keizer has done as manager of the second team. It has made him a serious contender to follow in the footsteps of Bosz.
Alternative picks are former Ajax players Clarence Seedorf and Jaap Stam, although both have not been mentioned so far.
In any case, Ajax has lost a talented manager who seemed to have Ajax moving in the right direction. The job for the next in line is to keep following Bosz’ course and therefore Marcel Keizer looks the most suited coach for the job.