Sol Campbell set to start coaching career at Ajax

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Former Arsenal teammates Dennis Bergkamp and Sol Campbell are set to be reunited at Dutch club Ajax, reports the Mirror.

The report has revealed that the 40-year-old ex-England international is being lined up by the club as he looks to begin his coaching career in the game. 

Final stages 

In fact, the former defender is currently in Holland as he looks to complete the final stages of his UEFA coaching qualifications. 

And Campbell has revealed that, with the likes of Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars at the club, that he's ready to watch how things operate. 

Campbell told reporters: “I have gone to Ajax to get an impression about the way they work. I spoke with Dennis to come here to Amsterdam.

"I am also going to have talks with Marc Overmars, who is technical director here, and with Edwin van der Sar, who is commercial director. I want to hear their views too.

“It is interesting to see how many former players Ajax have installed in important positions in the club. That is a real learning moment for me.

“I am also really keen to learn about the Ajax football and training philosophy. They are working a lot with individual coaches. That really does help players with their development. In eight months I hope to have my own coaching badges."

Ex-Arsenal teammates 

Of course, Campbell's relationship with ex-teammates Overmars and Bergkamp may well help him find his feet in Holland, but it remains to be seen as to whether he will be offered a role anytime soon. 

And, despite the fact that Campbell is still learning the coaching scene, the same report has suggested that he could be handed a role with the club this summer after ex-Manchester United man Jaap Stam opted out of the coaching qualifications because of the written work. 

Jaap Stam role 

Stam will, however, complete this season as assistant coach of the Ajax reserve team, but the club's manager Frank de Boer has admitted that he's sad to see Stam quit the coaching course.

"Jaap could not cope with the theory side of it all. I think it is a real shame he has quit. He could have become a good head coach at Ajax." 

Stam, meanwhile, has insisted that he doesn't want to do things that he doesn't enjoy as he looks set to end his coaching role. 

"I have done many things in my career which I did not like at all, but I had to do them to keep my career going. I don’t want to live like that any more. I only do things I enjoy."

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