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FC Schalke 04: Club legend back in the limelight – “Knew about his interests”

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Ten months after the end of his career, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is back in the spotlight. The former fan favorite from FC Schalke 04 found a new job.

However, he does not practice this FC Schalke 04but at his longtime club Ajax Amsterdam.

FC Schalke 04: Huntelaar moves into Ajax management

On May 15, 2021, Huntelaar played the last game of his career for the Knappen. The 4:3 win against Eintracht Frankfurt drew the line under a long professional career with well over 600 competitive games and many titles.

Since then it had been quiet around Huntelaar – until now. Because the 38-year-old is now back at Ajax. There he will support the new technical director Gerry Hamstra in the future and will continue his education in courses starting in the summer.

FC Schalke 04: Ex-Star Huntelaar has been in contact with Ajax since the move

The former world star signed a contract with Amsterdam until 2024. “Ajax has stayed in touch with Klaas-Jan since he switched to Schalke,” reports managing director Edwin van der Sar. “We knew about his interests and his ambitions to become technical director at a professional club.”


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That’s why Huntelaar has been able to look behind the scenes of the Dutch record champions since the summer. For example, he attended meetings of the management team and the supervisory board.

Ajax promises direct help

Despite the unfamiliar role, Huntelaar will “immediately be able to make a difference,” van der Sar is certain.

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Ajax is repositioning itself in terms of sporting leadership. Former sporting director Marc Overmars resigned in February. Previously, inappropriate text messages that he had sent to club employees had become public. (mh)


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