CAPE TOWN - Ian Taylor will soon vacate his job as Cape Town City’s assistant-coach to become part of the Ajax Amsterdam youth coaching staff.
His first task will be as the Head of Talent Development at Chinese Super League club, Guangzhou R&F FC.
As Taylor says: “It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn’t say no.”
Ajax Amsterdam and Guangzhou have signed a five-year partnership deal, and the Dutch giants will now develop the Chinese club’s youth academy, which is where Taylor will play a leading role.
“My responsibilities will be to assist in setting up the academy and bringing in the Ajax philosophy,” said Taylor. “My ties with Ajax Amsterdam over the years have seen me build up good relationships at the Dutch club. They know and appreciate the work I’ve done with the youth at Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City. I was approached a few months ago already, but was waiting until the partnership deal between the two clubs was sealed before announcing it to John (Comitis, City owner).
“It’s a big opportunity for me. It’s massive. The fact that I am employed by Ajax Amsterdam ensures that it is stable, and it also allows the opportunity for me to grow my experience as the Dutch club has other international projects in the pipeline too. This project in China is the first of its kind, but Ajax Amsterdam are likely to look at furthering it globally.”
Taylor is a former Battswood and Cape Town Spurs player.
He will take his place alongside City head coach Benni McCarthy for Tuesday night’s PSL fixture against Maritzburg United in Durban, but he will then fly out to Amsterdam on Thursday for meetings and discussions with his new employers.