Bergkamp sacked as Ajax axe senior coaching team

Dennis Bergkamp: Not thinking about management role yet

Ajax have sacked their senior coaching team led by Marcel Keizer.

The Amsterdam club sit second in the Eredivisie table but announced in a statement on Thursday afternoon that Keizer plus his assistants – former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp and Hennie Spijkerman – had been “removed from active duty”.

Keizer took over in the summer from Peter Bosz, who moved to Borussia Dortmund but was sacked himself earlier this month.

Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar told the club’s official website: “We had a bad summer and a messy start to the season.

“From a sporting point of view, European elimination (from the Champions League preliminaries) was the low point.

“Marc Overmars and I have frequently spoken in the months afterwards about the permanent volatility of the first team. We are not confident that we will achieve the level that we are striving for with Ajax in this way.”