Cape Town - Ajax Amsterdam have called in the big guns to assist Ajax
Cape Town in their bid to achieve promotion back to the Absa
Premiership, by sending Andries Ulderink, former assistant coach to Jaap
The two coaches worked very closely during their two year stint at
Reading Football Club in the Championship in England. Someone who has
been exposed to Ulderink’s training techniques is much-loved ex Urban
Warrior, Anssi Jaakkola.
Andries Ulderink has been appointed as the new head coach of Ajax
Cape Town with immediate effect, the club said on its website. The 49-year-old arrived in Cape Town on
Tuesday evening to take charge of the team before the Nedbank Cup game
against TS Galaxy this weekend.
Ulderink replaces Muhsin Ertugral, who handed in his resignation on
Sunday, November 11, following a 2-1 defeat to Witbank Spurs.
Ajax Cape Town have not won a game in the National First Division
(NFD) since October 7 and head into Saturday’s fixture against
TS Galaxy with a new coach, although it is unlikely Ulderink will be on
the bench due to work permit issues.
Ajax Amsterdam believe that Ulderink is the ideal choice to manage
Ajax Cape Town, not only because of his experience in the very
competitive 2nd tier league in England, but also because of his
knowledge in managing youth players during his time as coach of Jong
Ajax in Amsterdam.
Born in Zwolle in the Netherlands, Andries started his coaching
career in 1994 at AZSV as a youth coach. Ulderink notably worked as a
coach at Ajax Amsterdam from 2013 to 2016, where he became familiar with
the newer Ajax style and ethos.
"Firstly I am very happy to be here. The decision to accept the job
was very quick, within 5 or 6 days," said Ulderink on his arrival in the
"I was very interested in the job, I’ve always had an interest in
Ajax Cape Town during my time as a youth coach of Jong Ajax. It will not
be an easy assignment because I will have to learn about an entire
squad in a few days, the schedule is very compact and I have to try to get
results and learn about the squad in a very short amount of time.
"The philosophy I will follow is one from myself with the foundation
of Ajax Amsterdam keeping in mind each head coach has a different style
of the Ajax philosophy, I must find what works for the players we have
and for the league that the squad is playing in.
"The results in the last two years have not been good and this can
change the atmosphere of any club, so it’s very important for me to work
on the positive attitude. It’s important for the fans and the people
that work for the club to feel positive about the way we play.
Ulderink continued: "There are a lot of young players in the squad
and this is a good sign for me, everyone must earn the position because I
only know a little about each player, this is a good opportunity for
them to earn themselves a spot in the squad.
"I love developing players and I really believe you are never too old
to learn, this is the kind of squad that you can work on individuals
and still get a team result, but for right now the goal for me is
simple; learn as much as I can as quick as I can based on my own
opinions and get the team back to the Premiership."