Former footballer and current analyst Wim Kieft is very critical of his old club Ajax. For example, he finds it inconceivable that John Heitinga still has no clarity about his future. In his column for De Telegraaf he lashes out hard.
“Incredible, even unprecedented, that the club management cannot or will not say whether John Heitinga will remain in front of the group as head coach or whether a new man will be appointed,” Kieft begins. “As a trainer-coach you also have to be busy with the new season. At least give everyone clarity. Now Heitinga and the entire Ajax organization are dangling. It is incomprehensible that it should take so long and a total certificate of inability for the Ajax management,” writes the former football player.
There is a lot to do to keep the coach in office. After a good start, Heitinga’s performance has dropped considerably. Ajax did not win a top match, was eliminated from the Europa League, missed out on the championship and lost the cup final to PSV. “Although Heitinga was saddled with a sick group when he was appointed, played unbalanced together, he was still unable to ensure a turnaround. The game remained perfunctory, below par, the results weak and negative sentiment continues to prevail in Amsterdam,” says Kieft.
Ajax is currently in third place, and it will be a hell of a job to move up one more spot. Moreover, people in Amsterdam are even afraid that Ajax will drop another spot, which would mean qualification for the Conference League. “That tells the whole story,” concludes Kieft.