‘Ajax gets one of the most skilled people at the top of football with Ward’

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‘Ajax gets one of the most skilled people at the top of football with Ward’

Ajax brings in a technical director with Julian Ward with ‘tentacles to the farthest corners of the world’. This is what Het Parool states in an extensive analysis. The 41-year-old Englishman does have a ‘frayed edge’.

According to the newspaper, Ward is one of the most skilled and versatile people in the top of football in Europe and South America. Moreover, a seasoned professional. For example, he helped Liverpool return to the European top for ten years in various positions.

At The Reds they were not at all happy with the fact that Ward announced his departure in November. Understanding turned into surprise when it became clear that he is on his way to Ajax. At Manchester City, that news will have been received slightly differently. Ward worked for The Citizens for two years. His name fell into “Spygate” a few years ago. Together with Liverpool colleagues, including Michael Edwards, he is said to have spied on City’s closed Scout7 software system by using the credentials of another scout. Liverpool settled with the rival for a sum of one million pounds, without pleading guilty.

That incident may be related to Ward, but Het Parool is otherwise purely enthusiastic. In addition to the experience gained in various positions, he is fluent in Portuguese and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sports science and talent development. He is known as a ‘workaholic’, works systematically and with a clear football vision.

While Ward has already been linked several times to the transfer of Darwin Núñez, the Uruguayan would have come to Anfield at the suggestion of manager Jürgen Klopp. Het Parool does not see the smaller budget at Ajax as an obstacle, because Ward just gathered his stripes when The Reds did not buy world top players yet. At the time, he attracted relatively unknown players such as Andy Robertson and Stefan Bajcetic.

Ward’s laptop would also contain ‘almost all the talents in the top and second division of clubs in Europe and South America’. Directors and agents worldwide would know him. It gives Ajax clout on the international market, is the conclusion. Ward is expected to sign a contract in Amsterdam soon.

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