Ajax have begun talks with head coach Marcel Keizer and assistants Dennis Bergkamp and Hennie Spijkerman over their dismissal following what has been a disappointing season so far.

De Godenzonen are currently second in Eredivisie, five points behind league leaders PSV Eindhoven, and according to a statement on their official website, the club does not have enough confidence that their ambition will be realised with the current management team.

Additionally, Dutch legend Bergkamp has been dismissed due to a “difference of opinion regarding the club’s technical policy”.

“We had a bad summer and a messy start of the season,” read a statement from general manager Edwin van der Sar.

“From a sporting point of view, European elimination was the low point. In particular Marc Overmars and I have frequently spoken in the months afterwards about the permanent volatility of the first team.

“We are not confident that we will achieve the level that we are striving for with Ajax in this way. I regret this.

“Together with the Supervisory Board, we as management have not made this decision overnight and are grateful to Marcel, Dennis and Hennie for their efforts for the club.”

A former Ajax player, Keizer took the reins at the Johan Cruyff Arena following Peter Bosz’s departure in the summer and Wednesday evening’s KNVB Cup exit at the hands of FC Twente appears to have sealed his fate.

Bergkamp, who also spent seven years at the 33-time Dutch champions in the late 1980s and early 90s, returned as assistant to Frank de Boer in 2011 before taking up a role in the club’s youth development department last year.