AFC Ajax have appointed Martin Jol as coach after reaching an agreement with his current club Hamburger SV.
Jol, 53, has signed a three-year deal to replace Marco van Basten, who stepped down after leading Ajax to third place in his sole season in charge. The former Roda JC, RKC Waalkwijk and Tottenham Hotspur FC coach moved to the Arena Hamburg last summer and at the start of May the side were in contention for Bundesliga, UEFA Cup and German Cup honours before the campaign petered out, their cup ambitions ended with semi-final defeats while they finished fifth in the league. He will not only coach the Ajax first team but will also be responsible for transfer policy, scouting and the youth department.
"Ajax offers me a beautiful opportunity, with an eye to the long term," Jol said. "I will get a very extensive package of responsibilities. Ajax are a fantastic club and I really look forward to starting my work there. I had a really good time at HSV, they are a great club and Hamburg is a nice city to live and work in. In recent years I have worked abroad, and now I will return to the Netherlands, something I really look forward to." Ajax, like Hamburg, will enter the new UEFA Europa League next season though Jol's side will enter in the play-off round, one stage later than HSV.
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