In December 2017, Ajax got here calling and he launched into a profitable spell in Amsterdam, the place he went on to win three Eredivisie titles, carry two Dutch Cups and attain the Champions League semi-finals.
He obtained off to a successful begin with a 2-0 victory over Feyenoord on the Amsterdam Area (now the Johan Cruyff Area), which might rapidly turn out to be a contented dwelling for him.
Remarkably, Ten Hag was unbeaten in his first 26 dwelling matches as Ajax supervisor, successful 22 of them and drawing 4.
In that run, there have been quite a few eye-catching outcomes – most notably a memorable 3-3 draw towards German giants Bayern Munich within the Champions League group stage and an 8-0 demolition of De Graafschap within the league.
Visiting groups clearly discovered Ten Hag’s Ajax a troublesome proposition in entrance of their very own followers as they swept FC Emmen and AZ Alkmaar apart with 5-0 wins, thrashed ADO Den Haag 5-1 and eased previous VV-Venlo 6-0.
However the unbeaten run ended at 30 video games on 13 February 2019 when Actual Madrid got here away from the Dutch capital with a 2-1 win within the first leg of their last-16 tie within the Champions League. It was a end result that Ajax would get well from with a well-known 4-1 victory within the second leg, earlier than Tottenham ultimately put pay to their probabilities of reaching the ultimate with a dramatic 3-2 away win within the second leg of the semi-final.