According to United legend and current Ajax CEO Van der Sar, Ten Hag is “not helping” Ajax, who continue to find themselves a victim of their own success and in constant need of regeneration. Speaking to BT Sport, the iconic former goalkeeper said: “The fate that Ajax has, we always develop and scout very good players and sometimes young players, if they want to take the next step, they always go to England, Germany, Spain, that kind of thing.
“So, of course we’re losing Erik [ten Hag]. We knew we were losing already a great manager. And yeah, he’s not really helping us. Of course, he took two of our best players also [Antony and Martinez], we got a good transfer fee for them. And of course, that is the fate a little bit that Ajax has.”
While Ajax were evidently left unimpressed by Ten Hag’s transfer tactics, especially as a last-minute move for Antony left them with little time to recruit his replacement, the £86m spent on the winger alone is thought to be almost as much as the club’s annual turnover.