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Old 10.05.2007, 08:07 AM   #106
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Henk Ten Cate's agent claims the Ajax coach has agreed to join Chelsea as assistant to new boss Avram Grant.

Ten Cate's representative Sigi Lens told The Sun: "It's true we have an agreement with Chelsea. It's an opportunity for him, a challenge for him to work with a big team and work with Avram Grant to build a new team. Chelsea have spoken to Henk about the matter. There was a conversation and both the manager and Henk are on the same wavelength. They invited Henk to a meeting to talk about technical matters and ask how he sees things and how he wants to play and that was good."

Ten Cate had a glowing reputation for his work as Frank Rikkaard's assistant at Barcelona - and it appears this is the role Chelsea want him to perform at Stamford Bridge.

Lens said: "Henk knows what he's doing. He did it in Barcelona", and he hinted the appointment could be made swiftly if Chelsea can reach an agreement with Ajax. "Chelsea want to take the coach now, so if there is an agreement between the two clubs everything will be clear. The will is there from both parties for Henk to start straight away. Henk does not want to wait until the end of the season, he wants to come now but it depends on how Ajax react."

Lens explained that the 52-year-old's work at Ajax made him the ideal candidate for Chelsea. He said: "You can see how he plays the game tactically. Look at Ajax last year. The season before they finished fifth and with Henk they were joint top and only just lost out on the title by one goal."

Ten Cate, who has a reputation for producing attacking football and being a hard task-master on the training ground, was formerly number two at Barcelona and helped the Catalan giants to Champions League glory in 2006.

In his first season as Ajax manager, the club missed out on the Dutch title on goal difference, though he has won a Dutch Cup and two Dutch Super Cups in his time at the Amsterdam Arena.

Ajax refused to comment on stories linking Ten Cate with the role.



Can any of the Dutch boardies tell me if this is something worth me getting excited about? Have Ajax played entertaining football with this guy as coach?
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