The former Ronald Koeman's assistant, Alfred Schreuder is being considered for Erik Ten Hag's successor next season. The current Ajax boss has been officially named as the new Manchester United manager in 2022/23 season.
Schreuder is currently in charge of Club Brugge and has been getting ready for championship playoff where his team will be battling against Anderlecht, Royal Antwrep and Union St.Gilloise. The 49-year old manager just took over the vacant seat in the Belgian powerhouse earlier this year following the departure of Philip Clement to Monaco. His fairly impressive debut in Belgian top flight has put him in Ajax's radar to be the Eredivisie's giant main target next season. Although he is reportedly bound with a contract till 2023, there is a release clause of €1.5 million in it.
During his managerial career, Schreuder's spell in Jupiler Pro League has only been his third one as the head coach. His first one was leading Twente in 2014/15 but it did not last long due to their poor form in the first four games. The second one was in Hoffenheim during 2019/20 season. Schreuder managed to bring Oliver Baumann and Co to finish sixth on the table. Yet, he was dismissed by the board because his team failed to secure one Champions League place.
The former RKC Walwijk and NAC Breda man in late 1990s and early 2000s spent most of his managerial career as the coach assistant. He has worked under a number of notable bosses throughout Europe. The first manager who included him as a staff was the former England boss Steve McLaren in 2009. Then, before taking charge of Hoffenheim, he used to work under legendary Huub Stevens, the former Schalke boss in 2015 and Julian Nagelsmann in 2016. Schreuder even was named as Erik Ten Hag's assistant in 2018, which could be among the reasons why Der Amsterdammers has been eyeing him. His last notable boss was Ronald Koeman during his first season in Barcelona.
Ajax's domestic campaign this season has been less satisfactory after their defeat in KNVB Cup final against PSV last weekend. They are still sitting on the top of the table but can not seal the trophy yet since Dusan Tadic and Co are only four points clear from their contenders with five games left.
It will be quite a challenge to fill Ten Hag's shoes at first, should Schreuder be at the helm of Ajax, considering two double domestic titles his predecessor has won plus one Dutch Super Cup and reaching Champions League semifinal in 2019 so far. Nevertheless, the 49-year old boss has the potential to replicate Ten Hag's success in the long run considering his experience working under great football managers.