Ajax board resign over Cruyff row

The directors, including chairman Uri Coronel, made the

announcement on Wednesday evening at a meeting of the club’s

council members, a statement on the Ajax website confirmed. “We are

not bigger than Ajax,” Coronel was quoted as telling a news

conference. “Johan Cruyff is not just anyone. He’s a demi-god here,

or maybe a whole god.” The directors are set to remain in their

positions until successors are appointed. Cruyff, who won three

European Cups with Ajax from 1971 to 1973, returned to the club in

February to advise on technical, financial and association issues.

He met with the club’s board last week and advised them

organisational and personnel changes were needed if the

Amsterdammers were to return to their former glories. The capital

club have not won the Eredivisie title since 2004, while their last

European success came in the Champions League in 1995. According to

reports, Cruyff 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 directors said the ongoing

unrest was damaging the club. A club statement read: “The directors

of Ajax find that the process, and particularly the resulting and

ongoing turmoil surrounding the club, is extremely harmful to

Ajax.” Cruyff was quoted as telling television station AT5: “It’s

never good for a club when the board resign.” Ajax currently lie in

third place in the Eredivisie table and were knocked out in the

last 16 of the Europa League by Spartak Moscow.