The loss (6-4) against FC Utrecht was one of the lowest points Ajax have reached in the past months. After all the euphoria  and sunshine of last season’s league title, it’s raining in Amsterdam. But after rain comes sunshine isn’t it?

I watched the game on Sunday for 70 minutes before I had to leave to visit my uncle and aunt. I have never been so thankful I had actually a good excuse to stop watching Ajax. I’m a person that even though Ajax are playing like dog shit, keeps watching and keeps hoping for a happy end. This Sunday was different. I haven’t seen Ajax play so childish at the back before. It was like a kindergarten for FC Utrecht. They were allowed to do whatever they wanted and if that wasn’t enough, Kenneth Vermeer helped them two times assisting a goal. My laptop was lucky not to be thrown out of the window.

Alright, let’s put the anger and dissapointment away. Ajax actually didn’t play that bad. They were the stronger team and dominated the game but 8 minutes of madness and embarrassing defending cost Ajax in the end. FC Utrecht scored 3 in 8 minutes straight after half time kick off and went from behind to leading 5-3. It was absolutely ridiculous. Frank de Boer must have teared his hair out. After that, it was too late to fix things.

The Amsterdammers are currently sitting 5th in the Eredivisie table, 6 points behind PSV and FC Twente and 11 points behind league leaders AZ Alkmaar. It’s the worst start in 20 years for Ajax. The league title is far away but it’s still only November. The past seasons have proven the most crazy things can happen. A quick change is needed. Will it happen? I’m someone who always will say yes. That doesn’t mean it will be easy because it won’t. It’s true Ajax have had really though fixtures over the past  weeks (PSV, Real Madrid, Lyon, Twente, AZ, Feyenoord, Utrecht, Groningen). The upcoming fixtures are
more favourable.

Apart from difficult fixtures, the amount of players in the hospital wards doesn’t help either. Apart from Nicolai Boilesen and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson with long term injures (both won’t return in 2011), Siem de Jong (4-6 weeks) and Theo Janssen (2 weeks) are sidelined too after Sunday’s game.

So yes, it’s raining above Amsterdam right now, maybe even pouring down. But there’s enough quality, passion and combativeness in the squad to turn things around. There’s no question Frank de Boer is de best coach for this team even the results are
against him. No one, not the fans, not even a few fans, have been calling for his head. The situation won’t change with sacking Frank de Boer. To be honest, I even think it would worsen the situation. The boys have to become a team again, they have to want to fight for each other. The passion and combativeness
has to return and if so, I’m sure there will be sunshine soon. We are Ajax, we never do things the easy way.

 

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