Official: Jong Ajax manager van der Gaag signs contract extension

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Ajax has extended the contract of the manager of the u23’s side, Mitchell van der Gaag, until 2023. The club has announced the deal on its website. The manager had a contract that would expire next season.

Mitchell van der Gaag became manager of the reserve side of Ajax in 2019. He finished on a respectable 4th place during his first season in charge and saw Jong Ajax becoming the most-scoring club in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie. The competition was ended prematurely due to the Coronacrisis.

On the Ajax site, he says the following about his extension: ‘I am happy with my new contract and the confidence that Ajax expresses in me, especially in this period. Unfortunately, I was not able to finish my 1st season at Ajax due to the coronavirus. But despite that, I have seen a lot of starting points for next season in the development of the players and the results we achieved. I am looking forward to get going with the team again, and prepare as many players as possible for the first team.’

Director of football Marc Overmars also stated he was happy with the performances of van der Gaag: ‘Mitchell is doing very well, hence this new and longer contract. He is talented and also experienced. A head coach of Jong Ajax must have an eye for the further development and throughput of youth players towards our first team. But he is also dependent on the first team. Besides that Jong Ajax wants to perform well in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie. Mitchell has shown last season that he can handle all those things very well. He has earned this new contract, we are very satisfied with him,’ he stated on the club site.

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