Versleijen resigns from Ajax CT
Ajax Cape Town coach Jan Versleijen has resigned with immediate effect following the arrival of Muhsin Ertugral at the club.
Ertugral was appointed technical director of the team on Wednesday, without the knowledge of Dutch coach Versleijen, who has decided to step down in the aftermath of the decision.
“I would like to thank the club for the opportunity afforded to me and I wish the club and its supporters the very best with their current challenge in saving relegation and its future,” Versliejen said.
It is likely that Ertugral will now be handed the reins of the team for the remainder of the season, becoming the fourth coach of the troubled Cape Town club this season after Maarten Stekelenburg and Jan Pruijn.
Versleijen took over from Pruijn in late January, but managed just one win in his 11 matches in charge – a 4-2 success over Free State Stars earlier this month.
That form has seen the club slip into the relegation play-off position, sparking panic in the boardroom and a return for Ertugral for a third spell with the team.
The future of Pruijn, who was acting as technical director prior to Ertugral’s appointment on Wednesday, is unknown.