“If you wear that Ajax shirt, you can’t lose 9-0”

Sjaak Swart thinks it is impossible that the Ajax Amateurs lost 9-0 last weekend to Sportlust ’46 from Woerden. The difference between the professional branch and the amateur branch is big, but losing so hard is not part of Ajax, according to Swart.

“I don’t understand what’s going on there,” said Swart, who follows the Ajax Amateurs from a distance, opposite de Volkskrant. ‘I think: if you wear that Ajax shirt, you can’t lose 9-0. That is not possible.’

The board of directors also intervened after this painful defeat. Trainer Detlef Le Grand had to leave. Marc Stuut, member of the board, explains the departure of the trainer. ‘Ajax stands for winning, training and attractive football. But we’re realistic. Where the professional club has the highest budget, we have the lowest in our class (Derde Divisie, ed.). So we don’t demand that a coach plays very attacking or that he wins everything, especially given the many injuries we have now. But if players want something completely different from the trainer on a technical level, you have to intervene. No matter how annoying.’

Greater Ajax DNA within the association

Previously, it was a goal for the Ajax Amateurs to end up in the First Division. Now that Jong Ajax has been playing there for some years, that is no longer an option. For now they want to get a bigger Ajax DNA within the association. “We want to bring back within the club players who have been trained by Ajax or who played in the first,” says Stuut. ‘Who knows, they might continue in another position. It is best if people who hold important positions know the smell of the Ajax dressing room through and through.’

With players such as Eyong Enoh, Paul Quasten, Dico Koppers and Mitchell Burgzorg, there are now some well-known names at the Ajax Amateurs. However, the foursome is injured. Without them, the Ajax Amateurs lost 0-5 to SC Cambuur on Thursday evening in the battle for the TOTO KNVB Cup.