There is a message on the BBC forum where someone asks if Sneijder is any good. The reply is as follws: "He was considered the next big thing. But, like van der Vaart he's had a big regression last season. All of the promising Dutch Ajax youngsters of a few years ago (v.d.Vaart, Sneijder, Heitinga, de Jong, etc.) have suffered under the poor management at Ajax. What Ajax need to do is get themselves a TOP class coach. IF they can find one that's willing to come to such a small and poor club in such a small league. They are still producing the talent like they used to, but they are unable to develop them further." There is actually some truth in that comment. Having done well to reach the Champions League semi-final a few years ago, Ajax have actually gone backwards since. They were expected to comfortably defend their title this year, but fell way short of the pace. And although guys like Van Der Vaart, Sneijder, De Jong and Heitinga are still good players, they certainly have not developed over the past 2 years as should have been expected. For me there are some reasons for this: 1. Poor coaching staff, and this is continuing. Nobody can tell me that Blind can take these guys onto the next level. 2. Guys like van Der Vaart and Sneijder have to much of an ego. I thought incorrectly that with the demise of Kluivert, Seedorf etc we would be rid of such a type of player. 3. Van Der Vaart captain at too young an age. 4. Injuries. 5. Lack of money to attract players who can raise the level. But for me point number is most important. Where is that top coach going to come from who can mould this team into a force. There is no doubt about the talent, but it needs to be taken a step further. A good indication of this is that 2 years ago, van Der Vaart was still wanted by the top clubs in Europe. Now, with no disrespect, he has gone to Hamburg. Who wants Sneijder at the moment, and Heitinga is not in the picture either. How can a club sell their most important striker at the end of the transfer window (Ibrahimovich) and not leave enough time to bring in a replacement. I agree with the guy from the BBC forum, poor club management makes Ajax an undesirable club to manage, and this needs to be sorted out. Get your top manager and spend that little bit extra to get the player you REALLY need, and get rid of the deadwood players like Charisteas and Rosales.