Just a few months ago, when speaking of Ajax, it was quite common to see the partnership between Marc Overmars and Erik ten Hag being taken as an example of all things good.

With Manchester United looking for a new manager since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Dutch coach has been many times pointed out as the ideal successor, while the director was also wanted by Premier League clubs.

However, it all had a big turnaround in the past few days, with Overmars being involved in a scandal following inappropriate behaviour with female colleagues at Ajax, and then leaving the Eredivisie giants.

That was certainly a shock for Ten Hag, who now continues with his job at the club, and spoke to ESPN about how he’s been facing this situation.

“Of course those were incredibly bad days,” said Ten Hag (via NOS).

“I was totally stunned. This is disastrous.”

The manager also addressed the women who were targeted by Overmars.

“My first thoughts are with them. I have a hard time with that. Everyone processes something like this in their own way. I withdraw more, I’m a bit quieter and have less energy than usual.”

Manchester United, who continue to have Ralf Rangnick in charge until the end of the season, keep searching for a manager to take charge in the summer. Ten Hag is said to be one of the top candidates, and the turmoil at Ajax definitely draws more attention to a potential exit from the Dutch side.