Ex-Ajax icon Cruyff set for triumphant return
Dutch soccer icon Johan Cruyff has reportedly said he is prepared to accept a position on the top management team of Amsterdam Ajax.
The announcement was made during a meeting on Tuesday of Ajax members. Members’ council chairman Rob Been said it’s “very likely” the former number 14 will return to Amsterdam. “We still have to complete some formalities. But Johan has made it known that he would like to be on the club’s board of directors and take up a top management function. The members’ council supports this proposal unanimously.”
Ajax have been performing under par for the past few years. The Amsterdam squad are currently in second place in the Dutch Premier League – which they last won in 2004 - and were knocked out of the last 16 in the Europa League by Spartak Moscow. Cruyff, who helped the club to three European Cup triumphs between 1971 and 1973, has been one of the main critics of Ajax.
Last February, Cruyff was invited back in the role of advisor on technical, financial and association issues. A bitter dispute broke out between management and the football legend in March, when Cruyff presented his recommendations to the board. The directors responded by resigning en masse, citing the "ongoing turmoil surrounding the club". More than a week ago, Ajax chief executive Rik van den Boog also announced his resignation per 1 June.
A message posted on the Ajax website says Cruyff's new role will relate only to football-technical matters.
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