Jan Versleijen

Johannes Martinus Maria Versleijen (born 29 December 1955), better known as Jan Versleijen, is a Dutch professional association football coach who last managed South African PSL side Ajax Cape Town.

Jan Versleijen
Personal information
Full name Johannes Martinus Maria Versleijen
Date of birth (1955-12-29) 29 December 1955
Place of birth Venlo, Netherlands
Teams managed
Years Team
1982–1984 FC Wageningen
1990–1993 Go Ahead Eagles
1993–1994 De Graafschap
1994–1995 Dordrecht '90
1995–1996 VVV-Venlo
1997–1998 JEF United Ichihara
1999–2000 TOP Oss
2000 Netherlands U17 & Netherlands U21
2000–2001 VVV-Venlo
2001–2003 Al-Jazira
2003–2004 Ettifaq
2004–2005 Al-Shaab
2005–2006 Ettifaq
2006–2007 Al-Jazira
2007–2008 Al-Wehda
2008–2011 Australia U-17
2008–2011 Australia U-20
2012 Henan Construction
2013 Ajax Cape Town


Born in Venlo,[1] Versleijen has managed a number teams in his native Netherlands, including FC Wageningen,[2] Go Ahead Eagles, De Graafschap, Dordrecht '90, VVV-Venlo and TOP Oss. Versleijen has also coached throughout Asia, managing teams in Japan (JEF United Chiba), the United Arab Emirates (Al-Jazira and Al-Shaab), and in Saudi Arabia (Ettifaq and Al-Wehda).[3]

He was appointed manager of the Australian under-20 national team in June 2008.[4]

In November 2011, Versleijen, after three and a half years and one Under 17, two under 20 World Cup cycles, decided not to re-apply for a position in Australia's youth set up, after the FFA restructures his old role, splitting it into two positions.[5]

In January 2013, after the dismissal of Maarten Stekelenburg, and the interim managerial positions of both Wilfred Mugeyi and Jan Pruijn for Ajax Cape Town, Versleijen took over as the third care taker for the Cape club, intended to see the South African club through until the end of the 2012-13 Premier Soccer League season.[6]

On 24 April 2013, Versleijen announced his early resignation from his interim coaching position at Ajax Cape Town, leaving the Cape club while placed in the relegation zone, just ahead of their derby match against crosstown rivals Chippa United. His reason for leaving the club was due to the hiring of Muhsin Ertuğral as the newly appointed Technical Director at the Cape club without his knowledge.[7]

Managerial statistics


Team From To Record
JEF United Ichihara 1997 1998 66 20 0 46 030.30
Total 66 20 0 46 030.30


  1. (in Dutch) Roda JC profile
  2. gaeagles.com Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Manager profile". WorldFootball.net. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  4. Sebastian Hassett (25 June 2008). "Versleijen strengthens FFA's Oranje flavour". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  5. Staff Writer (2 November 2011). "Jan Versleijen Out In FFA Shake Up". FourFourTwo Australia. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  6. Christopher Maqashu. "Ajax Cape Town coach Jan Versleijen not happy with dropped points". KICKOFF Magazine. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  7. Wesley Petersen. "Ajax coach quits". Eyewitness News. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  8. J.League Data Site(in Japanese)
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