Jol named as Ajax boss

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Martin Jol has been appointed Ajax head coach on a three-year contract, the club have confirmed.

The former Tottenham manager was appointed Hamburg coach last summer and led the club to a fifth-place finish - and a Europa League spot - in the recently-completed Bundesliga campaign.

The Amsterdam outfit confirmed the 53-year-old would succeed Marco van Basten, who resigned with one game of the Eredivisie season remaining after missing out on a Champions League spot.

A statement posted on Ajax's official website read: "Ajax, HSV (Hamburg) and Martin Jol have agreed the transfer of Jol to Ajax. Jol has signed a contract for three seasons with Ajax.

"Martin Jol is head coach of the Ajax first team and in that capacity also responsible for other football matters such as the buying and selling policy, scouting and youth set-up.

"Jol will report directly to chief executive Rik van den Boog."

Jol, who last worked in Holland with RKC Waalwijk before moving to Tottenham to take up the role of assistant to head coach Jacques Santini in 2004, is relishing a return to his homeland.

He said: "Ajax gives me a great opportunity, with an eye for the long term.

"I get a very wide array of responsibilities. Ajax is a fantastic club and I very much want to get started.

"I enjoyed my stay at HSV. It's a great club and Hamburg is a nice city to live and work in. I have in recent years worked abroad and once again return to the Netherlands, so I very much look forward to this."

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