What would you say Ten Hag's weaknesses are as a manager? What are his strengths?
Also I know you cannot see the future - but what makes you think he can win a title vs managers like Tuchel, Pep and Klopp?
Thanks in advance.
I think he only has minor weaknesses.
I think he can be quite stubborn at times, and puts maybe excessive faith in some players but so far it has always paid out in the end.
He is not the most charismatic or eloquent manager but I don't find it an issue, he's still very likable and innocent somehow.
The machine doesnt work all the time. There have been some periods were Ajax werent playing as well but the same is true for Pep, Klopp, Tuchel.
His way of football, is very exciting, very balsy, but at times maybe defensively naive whilst his side doesnt concede a lot of goals. Think of matches vs Spurs/Atalanta, were we should have killed off the game. However Spurs were honestly amazing that game.
Reason why I think he would be able to challenge them, I don't think tactically he is much inferior to them. They have shown it at at higher levels granted, but Ajax in the CL with far inferior players has just been amazing also against a (weakened) Liverpool were I felt Ajax were unlucky.
The guy is a complete football freak in the type of Guardiola and is only busy with improving, coaching, learning. He could win the CL final and then look at the EL winner's matches in order to win the super cup.
Ajax is the richest club in Holland, but since van Gaal, no one has been able to get Ajax to win domestically, with such good football and be a force in Europe at the same time. Not Bosz, not de Boer, not Martin Jol, not van Basten.
He has great understanding of the game and is very insightful. I understand he would have more credit if he were to also show it in a higher league, but people seem to fail to understand that there are gems in terms of managers/players in lower leagues too. Funnily enough, those same people are the fervent supporters of Ole sometimes which makes no sense to me.