Ajax divided over coach's position
AJAX Cape Town will have a board meeting tomorrow to decide on the club's new coach, but an irritated Jan Pruijn has told the club to shove the caretaker job.
Pruijn continues to function as the technical director of the club but will no longer act as caretaker coach of the first team and has limited his involvement with training this week. It is a protest at the unfair treatment he feels he has received over the job, which has been vacant for a month now since the sacking of Maarten Stekelenburg.
Pruijn is, however, emerging as the favourite to take over full-time, although he does not have the support of the mother club, Ajax Amsterdam.
They still want to have Jan Versleijen as coach and are flying out a board member for the meeting tomorrow.
The much-travelled Versleijen, a former Australia Under-20 coach, watched the club draw with Mamelodi Sundowns at the weekend and has attended several training sessions but remains in limbo.
It had been expected that he would be quickly appointed when he arrived in Cape Town after the Telkom Knockout first-round match with SuperSport United on October 27 but there were immediate objections by some of the board members, who wanted to give the job to a local with local knowledge.
Other board members have now come around to the same way of thinking after watching the three games that Pruijn has taken charge of but are battling with Amsterdam to get him appointed.