Absa Premiership

Ajax: Marlin has been a great success

2020-05-06 12:13
Calvin Marlin (File)
Calvin Marlin (File)

Ajax Cape Town chairperson Ari Efstathiou says the club landed on their feet in appointing Calvin Marlin despite initially setting their sights on Benni McCarthy.

The Urban Warriors recently lost the services of former head coach Andries Ulderink, who resigned following a disagreement the club had wth Hans Vonk.

The Dutch coach had steered the side to top spot on the GladAfrica Championship and on course for promotion back to the Absa Premiership.

Marlin's transition has since been seamless, as Ajax headed into the enforced break, as a result of the coronavirus, seven points clear on top of the First Division summit.

McCarthy, meanwhile, remains without a club following his sacking from Cape Town City.

Efstathiou told IOL: "Yes, we had a chat with Benni. We engaged him when our coach left.

"There were a few coaches that we thought might fit the bill and we did speak to Benni but unfortunately it didn't work out.

He added: "I think the decision that we made to put Calvin in that position has worked. We’ve had great results since."

Regarding the club's stance on cutting wages during the coronavirus pandemic, Efstathiou added: "At Ajax, we are trying not to implement these salary cuts.

"We are going to be in a situation where players will be going back to try and win the league. We have to make sure that they are well motivated. They are aware of what is going (on) but mentally it affects everybody."

- TEAMtalk media


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