Ajax members council sacks governors

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The members council of Amsterdam football club Ajax has decided to dissolve the board of governors. After a meeting which lasted four hours, a wide majority decided to send all governors home, including former star player Johan Cruyff.

The five governors can take the honourable way out or else be dismissed at a general shareholders’ meeting to be held in January.

The meeting of the members council was prompted by Cruyff’s latest offensive in his struggle to gain control of the Amsterdam football club.

On Monday, the former number 14 - appointed to the Ajax board of governors in June - and ten of the club’s youth coaches announced they would take legal steps against a decision by the other four governors to appoint Louis van Gaal as the club’s new general manager.

Mr Cruyff argued that the appointment was illegal because it was made in his absence. However, it is common knowledge that he was furious over the board’s refusal in August to appoint his candidate Tscheu La Ling as the new general manager. In a reaction, Chairman of the Board Steven ten Have said that the appointments were made in Johan Cruyff's absence because repeated attempts to reach him by phone and email had failed.

One of the council’s 24 members, former player Keje Molenaar, said after the meeting that he felt happy and relieved. “I believe this is the best outcome for Ajax. This is a fundamental and crucial decision for the future. It was a fierce debate, but there was a lot at stake. There is no winner in this matter, only losers.

Mr Molenaar said that if it were up to him, Johan Cruyff would in future no longer hold an official position at Ajax. “Johan was made to be a free agent,” he said. "Johan will not be lost to the club. And there is absolutely no reason to make changes to the policies he initiated at the Ajax training facility.”

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