Frank de Boer has been appointed manager of Ajax until the summer of 2014 following Martin Jol’s departure.
The 40-year-old former Dutch international took charge of Ajax on a temporary basis after Jol’s exit, but he has now been given the post on a permanent basis.
De Boer, who won 112 caps for Holland, has kept Ajax in contention for the Eredivisie title since taking the helm, with the Dutch giants currently in fourth.
De Boer said on the club’s official website: “I’m not surprised by this appointment as the intention of both sides was there from the start and we only needed to work out some details and that happened today.”
Ajax director Rick van der Boog revealed former youth coach De Boer had been their main candidate to succeed Jol, adding: “Frank knows the club as player and youth coach and knows exactly what is demanded and he knows what is going on in our youth department and which players are developing.”
The club have also appointed Hennie Spijkerman, who was formerly technical director at South African club Ajax Cape Town, as assistant manager.