Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag (born 2 February 1970) is a Dutch professional football manager and former player who is the currently in charge of Eredivisie club Ajax.

Erik ten Hag
Ten Hag coaching Utrecht in 2017
Personal information
Full name Erik ten Hag
Date of birth (1970-02-02) 2 February 1970
Place of birth Haaksbergen, Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Ajax (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Twente 14 (0)
1990–1992 De Graafschap 54 (6)
1992–1994 Twente 45 (2)
1994–1995 Waalwijk 31 (2)
1995–1996 Utrecht 30 (2)
1996–2002 Twente 162 (3)
Total 336 (15)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Go Ahead Eagles
2013–2015 Bayern Munich II
2015–2017 Utrecht
2017– Ajax
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Ten Hag played as a centre-back for FC Twente, De Graafschap, RKC Waalwijk and FC Utrecht. He had three stints with Twente, with whom he won the KNVB Cup in the 2000–01 season.

Ten Hag also won the Eerste Divisie with De Graafschap in the 1990–91 season, ten years before winning the cup with Twente. He retired from active playing in 2002 at the age of 32 while playing for Twente, after the end of the 2001–02 Eredivisie season.

Managerial career

In 2012, Ten Hag was appointed as manager of Go Ahead Eagles in the Eerste Divisie by Marc Overmars, who was a shareholder of the club.[1][2]

He coached Bayern Munich II from 6 June 2013 until 2015 when he was replaced by Heiko Vogel.[3][4] His final match as Bayern Munich II head coach was a 1–0 loss to Nürnberg II on 22 May 2015.[5]

Ten Hag then became the Sporting Director and head coach of Utrecht in summer 2015, where he led the club to fifth place during his first season.[6] In the 2016–17 season, he improved Utrecht's final position to fourth, booking a place in the Europa League qualifiers.

Ajax Amsterdam

On 21 December 2017, he was appointed as the head coach of Ajax after the club dismissed Marcel Keizer. On 5 March 2019, he led his Ajax team to the semi-finals of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, by winning against holding champions Real Madrid 4–1 in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium at the round of 16 stage, and also later on, by beating Serie A champion Juventus at the quarter final stage.[7] One month later, on 16 April 2019, he led Ajax to its first Champions League semifinals since 1997 after beating Juventus away 1–2 having drawn the first leg 1–1 at home. In the first leg of the semifinal, he led his team to take a 1–0 lead against Tottenham Hotspur in the recently completed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.[8] However in the second leg, a hat-trick by Lucas Moura for Tottenham Hotspur, with the last goal being scored in the 96th minute to make it 3–2 (3–3 on aggregate) to win on away goals, ended Ajax's hopes in playing the final.[9]

He won his first managerial trophy with Ajax on 5 May 2019, the 2018–19 KNVB Cup, beating Willem II in the final.[10] Only 10 days after winning the cup, Ajax, led by Ten Hag won the Eredivisie as well after a 1–4 away victory over De Graafschap and brought the double back to the club.[11]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 15 December 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Go Ahead Eagles 1 July 2012 6 June 2013[3] 39 18 11 10 82 57 +25 046.15
Bayern Munich II 6 June 2013[3] 22 May 2015[5] 72 47 11 14 156 65 +91 065.28
Utrecht 23 May 2015[6][12] 27 December 2017 111 56 26 29 192 142 +50 050.45
Ajax 28 December 2017 Present 102 74 16 12 283 92 +191 072.55
Total 324 195 64 65 713 356 +357 060.19

Honours

Player

De Graafschap

Twente

Manager

Ajax

Individual

References

  1. Netherlands - E. ten Hag - Profile with news, career statistics and history Soccerway
  2. "Overmars commissaris bij Go Ahead Eagles" [Overmars Commissioner at Go Ahead Eagles]. Voetbal International (in Dutch). Amsterdam. 11 April 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  3. Warmbrunn, Benedikt (6 June 2013). "Unterrichter in kniffligen Fragen". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  4. "Heiko Vogel trainiert künftig die U23 des FC Bayern" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. "Bayern München II". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  6. "Ten Hag wird Trainer und Sportdirektor beim FC Utrecht" (in German). kicker. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  7. "Ajax close to perfection in Real Madrid thrashing, says Erik ten Hag". Sky Sports. 6 March 2019.
  8. "De Ligt powers Ajax into semi-finals". Skysports.com. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  9. Bushnell, Henry (8 May 2019). "Tottenham stuns Ajax with last-second winner in Champions League semifinal". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  10. "Ajax beat Willem II to take the KNVB Cup for first time since 2010". dutchnews.nl. 5 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  11. "Ajax Clinches Eredivisie Title, Dutch Domestic Double". si.com. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  12. "FC Utrecht". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  13. "The Best FIFA Men's Coach". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
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