Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is not ruling out a return to Bayern Munich one day.
The 49-year-old Dutch tactician enjoyed two years as Bayern’s reserve team manager during Pep Guardiola’s tenure at the club.
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- Erik ten Hag became Bayern Munich’s reserve team manager in 2013 after guiding Go Ahead Eagles to Eredivisie promotion.
- He’d spend two seasons in Bavaria, working under Pep Guardiola, before returning to the Netherlands with FC Utrecht.
- Ajax would appoint him manager in December 2017 and he’s not looked back since.
- In his first full season Ten Hag won the domestic double as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.
- Still highly thought of in Munich, he’s not ruled out a return to manage their first team one day.
He’d subsequently move on to Dutch outfit FC Utrecht before joining regional powerhouse Ajax in December 2017 where he remains today.
Ten Hag’s first complete season in charge saw the Amsterdammers complete a first domestic double since 2002 as well reaching a Champions League semi-final against all odds.
Not since 1997 had Ajax reached the last four of European football’s premier club competition and en route to there Ten Hag would pit his wits against the Bavarian giants.
For much of the 2018/19 campaign his name was being linked with Germany’s first club, but the Haaksbergen-born coach remained committed to de Godenzonen, but supporters mustn’t expect him to replicate Sir Alex Ferguson’s longevity in the Netherlands capital.
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“I do not exclude anything,” he told Kicker when asked if he’d consider managing Bayern one day.
“But I’m almost 50 and not a dreamer, it comes – or it does not come – I’m totally happy with Ajax, even though I know that I will not be a coach here for 10 years.
“The day will eventually come to say goodbye.”