Ajax Football Club, have sacked Dennis Bergkamp from his role as Assistant coach of the club, just as the Dutch giants cited “a difference of opinion” as the reason for the sack.
Apart from Bergkamp, Ajax have also sacked Manager Marcel Keizer and Assistant Hennie Spijkerman, though no reasons were given for the sack of the duo.
Ajax General Manager Edwin Van Der Sar cited the mass exodus on bad summer transfer deals and poor start to the season.
The Dutch giants currently sit second in the Eredivisie, five points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven, after the club failed to qualify for both the Champions League or the Europa through the qualifying rounds at the start of the season.
“We had a bad summer and a messy start of the season. That’s what everyone got. From a sporting point of view, European elimination was the low point.
“In particular Marc Overmars (technical director) and I have frequently spoken the months afterwards about the permanent volatility of the first team.
“We are not confident that we will achieve the level that we are striving for with Ajax in this way. I regret this.
‘Together with the supervisory board, we as management are grateful to Marcel, Dennis and Hennie for their efforts for the club,” Van der Sar said in a statement.
It would be recalled that Ajax were knocked out of Champions League qualifying in the second round by French side Nice, leaving them with the Europa League as their only option to achieve something in Europe this season.
That dream however also ended badly as they were beaten 4-2 across two legs by Rosenborg.
Keizer was brought in by Ajax in the summer after Peter Bosz joined Borussia Dortmund – a role he was sacked from earlier in December.
Bergkamp has been at Ajax since 2011, when Frank De Boer was at the helm.