Johan Cruyff set to leave Ajax
The Ajax Members’ Council have called on the five board members to resign following various disputes in recent weeks with club icon Cruyff at the centre of the power struggle.
Cruyff could end up as just an unofficial advisor rather than the revolution he had hoped for.
The boardroom chaos is set to continue after Cruyff declared that he would take legal action – along with a dozen coaches – against the four other members of the supervisory board over the appointment of Louis van Gaal, Danny Blind and Martin Sturkenboom.
Cruyff believes the appointments were made illegally as he was not informed of the vote (he was back in Barcelona at the time) despite being the fifth member of the supervisory board.
Cruyff said in De Telegraaf newspaper: “Unfortunately, it is inevitable.”
“It was a clear signal, the football players have in recent days been insulted.”
“Therefore, we collectively decided to take legal action against the four commissioners of Ajax. So, for clarity, not against the club.”
Cruyff has had a various disagreements with supervisory board members Edgar Davids, Steven ten Have, Paul Romer and Marjan Olfers. Cruyff has insisted that former Ajax player Tscheu La Ling would be a suitable candidate for the general director role but was ultimately ignored as Louis van Gaal was given the role.
Louis van Gaal will wait until after the shareholders AGM on December 12 before he comments on the situation. Meanwhile the Members’ Council has appointed an interim board to lead the shareholders AGM.
Last week Cruyff denied claims he made a racist comment at Davids after supervisory board member, Ten Have, claimed in an interview with Studio Voetbal that Cruyff’s direct comment to Davids was: “You are only on the supervisory board because you’re black.”
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