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Akpom favors Ajax hiring Liverpool legend as coach over ex-Chelsea boss

Posted : 26 April 2024

Chuba Akpom expressed his desire to see Xabi Alonso, the legendary Liverpool midfielder, take charge as manager of Dutch powerhouse Ajax Amsterdam.

Former Chelsea manager Graham Potter appears to be the frontrunner for the Ajax coaching position next season, but negotiations have stalled due to his salary demands, reportedly around twelve million pounds annually during his tenure at Chelsea.

Alonso, renowned for his Champions League triumph with Liverpool, has emerged as one of the most sought-after coaches globally, notably leading Bayer Leverkusen to their first Bundesliga title.

Despite earlier speculations linking Alonso to managerial roles at Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid, he announced his commitment to Bayer Leverkusen for at least another season.

Under Alonso's guidance, Bayer Leverkusen maintained an unbeaten streak of 45 games in the 2023-2024 Bundesliga season, demonstrating his coaching prowess.

John van 't Schip was appointed as Ajax coach until the end of the current season, with plans to transition into a technical management role in July 2024.

Akpom advocates for Ajax to appoint a young coach who aligns with the club's playing philosophy, though he acknowledges Alonso may be out of reach.

Expressing his preference for a coach with innovative ideas and a strong grasp of Ajax's values, Akpom singled out Alonso as his ideal candidate, despite recognizing the potential challenges in securing his services.

Alonso, who has worked with Super Eagles players Nathan Tella and Victor Boniface, previously managed youth teams at Real Madrid and Real Sociedad before taking the helm at Bayer Leverkusen in October 2022.



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