Ulderink’s sudden resignation as Ajax coach explained


Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou has explained Andries Ulderink’s suddenly resigned as the club’s head coach after the coach had announced that he would only leave at the end of the current GladAfrica Championship season.

“We won’t be blackmailed,” said Efstathiou.

“To be threatened by the coach to lift Hans Vonk’s suspension, failing which he would tender his resignation, is unprofessional and totally unacceptable and by any employee let alone the Head Coach of the club. I had no choice but to accept his resignation, “added Efstathiou.

“Ulderink resigned due to the current suspension of Hans Vonk (who’s the head of youth) and the refusal of CEO Ari Efstathiou to lift the suspension, said Ajax in a statement released on Monday.

Vonk, the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and head Youth at Ikamva is suspended pending an investigation on serious charges of misconduct.

“There has been no decision made yet on whether he will be charged or not and whether he will face a disciplinary enquiry,” Ajax added in a statement.

“It is extremely disappointing that the coach made the decision to resign based on Vonk’s suspension. Vonk’s suspension has no bearing on the job of the Head Coach. More disappointing however, is the timing of his announcement.”-Efstathiou.

“This is a critical time for the club as it is fighting to win promotion to the PSL. Making the decision to resign, several hours prior to flying to face Free State Stars is even more astonishing,” said the Urban Warriors CEO .

Under the guidance of Ulderink, Ajax won 12 league games, lost 5 and drew 3. The Dutchman left the Cape Town-based side at the summit of the GladAfrica Championship with 38 points from 19 games.

Ajax will make an announcement on Ulderink’s successor soon.

By FARPost Reporter 

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