Cruyff not after president role

The board announced their resignation on Wednesday night following

a disagreement with legend Cruyff on how to run the club. The

directors, including chairman Uri Coronel, confirmed they would

stand down at a meeting of the club’s council members. The decision

came less than two months after Cruyff returned to Ajax to advise

on technical, financial and association issues. And while Cruyff

admitted on Thursday the board’s decision was not ideal – the

members will stay in place until replacements are appointed – he

said he has no intention of heading a team to fill the void. “I do

not need to become president,” he told De Telegraaf. “It’s never

nice when people like Uri Coronel resign as an honorary members.

But that’s their problem. “I have nothing to do with the

organisation at the club. I was not informed in advance of this

step they have taken.” The 63-year-old has ruffled feathers inside

the club’s hierarchy since his return to the club where he won

three European Cups from 1971 to 1973 as a player. Last week he

publicly questioned their ability to help the club return to their

past glories while he also met with them to advise that

organisational and personnel changes were needed if the

Amsterdammers were to get back to the top. According to reports,

Cruyff also called for head coach Frank de Boer to be given a

greater responsibility in the running of the club and wanted former

players like Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk to be given roles. Club

chief executive Rik van den Boog, though, was not willing to

implement all of his suggestions. The capital club have not won the

Eredivisie title since 2004, while their last European success came

in the Champions League in 1995. They are currently third in the

Eredivisie and, after failing to get past the Champions League

group stage, were knocked out in the last 16 of the Europa League

by Spartak Moscow. “Something has to change. That seems clear to

me,” Cruyff added. “We have recently been eliminated by Real Madrid

and then the Russians. “If you want to change something, you have

some hard decisions. “But I do not know what will happen now.”

Coronel said in a press conference last night that the board had

stepped aside for the benefit of the club. “It is about the

importance of Ajax,” he said. “Johan Cruyff is not just anyone.

He’s a demi-god here, or maybe a whole god.”