Sven Mislintat has been sacked as Ajax director of football with immediate effect, after just two months in the role. The German joined the club from VfB Stuttgart in the summer, but his tenure has been marred by controversy and poor results.
Mislintat was the subject of an investigation into his involvement in the signing of Borna Sosa from Stuttgart on deadline day. The Croatian defender was signed through an agency that has a stake in Mislintat’s private firm, raising concerns about a conflict of interest.
In addition to the investigation, Mislintat has also been criticized for his role in the appointment of Maurice Steijn as head coach. Steijn has struggled to make an impact at Ajax, and the club is currently in fifth place in the Eredivisie table after six games.
Ajax announced Mislintat’s sacking in a statement on their website, which read: “Ajax has decided to terminate the employment contract of Sven Mislintat with immediate effect. This decision was made after careful consideration and in the best interests of the club.”
The statement continued: “Ajax would like to thank Sven Mislintat for his services to the club and wishes him all the best in the future.”
Mislintat’s sacking is a major blow to Ajax, who were hoping that he could help them to return to the top of Dutch football. The club has now begun the search for a new director of football, and it will be interesting to see who they appoint to replace Mislintat.
What’s next for Mislintat?
It remains to be seen what Mislintat’s next move will be. He is a highly respected figure in the game, and he is likely to have a number of offers from other clubs. However, he may also choose to take some time out to reflect on his recent experiences at Ajax.
Mislintat’s sacking is a reminder of the ruthless nature of the football industry. Even the most successful directors of football can find themselves out of work if they are not careful.
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