Ajax never really let go of Marc Overmars. A reconstruction by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS today provided a unique insight into his dismissal from Amsterdam. Overmars himself revealed that Ajax tried to bring him back twice more. Once when he was already active at Antwerp. “But I want to stay here,” he said in his testimony.
It is now clear that Ajax has always viewed Marc Overmars’ move to Antwerp with dismay.
In a reconstruction by the NOS, it emerged earlier today that the Amsterdam club has tried not once, but twice to bring back Overmars – who was fired after inappropriate behavior.
The first time was barely four weeks after his discharge, the last time when he was already working in our country.
When Ajax ended up in the basement of the rankings last year, it returned to familiar faces. It kicked Sven Mislintat out and reinstalled old acquaintances such as Danny Blind in the boardroom.
And yes, his first feat in December last year was a phone call to Overmars to lure him back to Amsterdam.
Striking: at that moment Overmars was waiting for a ruling in the disciplinary case that Ajax had initiated against him.
“Even if there is only a one percent chance that it will work,” Blind decided to give it a try.
But the hopes of Blind and the Amsterdam boardroom are quickly dashed. “If I had pushed through, things would have been set in motion. But I want to stay in Antwerp. I like it here,” he concludes at NOS.