Westerveld - Stekelenburg sacking the worst thing
Sander Westerveld says the sacking of Maarten Stekelenburg was the worst decision for the club
Following a forgettable 2011/2012 season, in which Ajax finished out of the top eight, change was expected to occur in the squad but only saw the departure of more players and the arrival of only one notable name, Bradley Grobler.
The former Liverpool shot-stopper has expressed his disappointment in having seen the expectations of the club fall short.
“Things are not looking so positive at the moment but we still have some time to go. We just have to wait and see,” he told MTNFootball.
“Like I said it is the expectations - after a year like last year - where I thought we had an unlucky season. We played some good football and we had a lot of games where we should have won. We could have easily been in the top eight.
“We thought there would be a couple of changes this season where they would bring in a couple of players so we could go for top eight but it has been the other way round.”
Ajax’s troubles only spilled over to this season’s campaign, in which coach Maarten Stekelenburg was sacked six games in and the Dutchman believes it was the worst thing for the club.
“The worst thing happened that the coach was sacked. We had to start all over again with a new coach,” he added.
“We are not in the place where we wanted to be and could have been. There was a lot of criticism about the defence last season but we didn't really get any defenders.”
The Urban Warriors hold the second worst defensive record for the halfway stage of the 2012/2013 Absa Premiership season, where they sit on a goal difference of -11 and linger just two points above the drop zone.