Before I go on this rant about Ajax, some things need to be clear. I have not seen the Golden Age of Ajax, I wish I had. When I became a fan, the infamous seven year dry-spell of titles had just started. I was born four miles away from the Amsterdam Arena, and now I own a season ticket and live three miles away from the Johan Cruyff Arena. This humblebrag is all so I can make the following statement carry a little weight.
Last Sunday, I saw the worst football played by an Ajax-side, I’ve ever seen. That first half was incomprehensibly bad. There was literally no pace, no movement, no desire to do anything. The entire squad seemed to be stuck in the same lackluster tempo, that even Frank de Boer would find too low. This is worse then when we drew RKC 0-0 at home, or when Mido needed to save Martin Jol’s ass at home against VVV.
Vitesse didn’t even play that well. They just needed to sort of ‘be there’. That was enough to close the deal. The four or five chances created in the second half were not enough to cover for the fact that when Ajax plays every game like that first half this weekend, there is not a single team in the Eredivisie that can’t beat us. Not one. That was relegation-levels of sh*t.
Last week, I wrote about how Keizer is shaping up to be a really bad pick. I’m willing to say now he has turned out to be a horrible choice for manager. There is absolutely nothing he is able to successfully implement a squad that, for at least half of it, managed to make the Europa League final under God’s gift to Dutch football, Peter Bosz. He has had ten games so far, of which we won three. That’s nowhere near enough.
So, I think Keizer needs to go. Sooner rather than later. However, this poses a real problem. Because if Keizer gets the sack, and he gets replaced by someone who has a little more experience than just relegating with Cambuur, and the season somehow gets a little better, that might be f*cking sh*t. Imagine ending up winning the league this year under another manager. God forbid doing the double. That would derive all attention from the issues we have.
If Keizer stays, the football remains terrible. I’m fairly convinced of that, and if it does indeed change, I will apologize for all my statements. But if he goes, the larger problem will remain unsolved. Bergkamp will still be there. Van der Sar will still be there. They need to burn at the stake for what they are doing to our club. Keizer is an easy scapegoat, a passenger, a sacrifice this board can make to safe their asses one more time. And that would mean this club would stay terminally ill until they finally dissolved all of what once made Ajax great. It’s like choosing between being sh*t or p*ssed on. Every option is terrible.
But hey, at least we made some profit, right?