Where the fairy tale of Ajax Amsterdam ends in the prime-time class, it is still in the stars. On the other hand, it will be clear when it is over: at the end of the season some players will go on – and coach Dave Hague is also popular with other clubs.
Eric Ten Hague is a master builder of success in Ajax Amsterdam. The 49-year-old game "Total Football" – not only inspirational neutral observers, but of course the bosses of the big clubs.
Bayern Munich II
The ten Hags players as players are manageable: He started between 1989 and 2002 for Twente Enschede, De Grafschap or FC Utrecht. For Ajax or PSV, the two highest house numbers in the Dutch football club, his talent was not enough. Even the prestigious appointment in the Dutch national team remained negated.
Great glory, however, takes the former defender as a coach. After completing his active career, he joined in 2006 as an assistant at his home club Twente before moving to PSV Eindhoven, and in 2012 he finally took his first post as head coach. Ten Hague led Go Ahead Eagles directly to Eredivisie – and immediately followed the offer from FC Bayern Munich. By 2015, he trained there the regional league team – was a champion, but missed in relegation rise.
«How to Win Lottery»
Much more important than sports achievements then was the experience that Ten Hague could have received. The professional environment in Munich shapes the Dutchman, and exhibits such as Pep Guardiola or Matthias Samer influence him. While trembling home at home for Ten Hague, training his low-performance team, he himself matured in a complete coach, taking the best of football in Guardiola's football to combine it with his vision of a quick game.
Looking back in his time in Munich, Ten Hague said in an interview with Sport Bild: "The work in such a big club with so many formative figures was like winning a lottery." Bayern became his club, said the Dutchman recently in comparison with the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" – which certainly in Munich was noted.
The "Magical Tour of Europe" has not yet been completed
It is therefore not surprising that the day after the sensational victory against Juventus in Germany rumors are already rumored, after which the Ten Hague may soon return to the Sabenes road. But then it should not go fast. If Nico Kovac gets the double, he'll probably get another one. Unlike some players (like De Ligt, van den Beek or De Jong), Ten Hag plans in any case with Ajax until further notice.
In the semifinals of the Champions League, by the way, Guardiola could once again see it: Mancini meets Tottenham in the second leg in the quarterfinals. The final will be held on June 1st in Madrid. By the end of Ajax Amsterdam "Magical Tour Through Europe" ("Algemin Dagblad") ends, it should stay with the rumors.