Cruyff elected to Ajax board of directors

Johan Cruyff has been elected to the board of directors of Ajax

in a move the club hopes will help it return to the glory days he

ushered in as a player in the 1970s.

Cruyff and four other new board members replace directors who

quit in March and accused Cruyff of strong-arm tactics in insisting

that several key staff be fired as part of his master plan to

rejuvenate the four-time European champion.

Cruyff had no immediate comment on Tuesday and was not present

for Monday’s election.

The Dutch icon also has been asked by FIFA President Sepp

Blatter to sit on a ”council of wisdom” to help clean up

football’s governing body.

Retired midfielder Edgar Davids also is on the newly elected

Ajax board.

Ajax won its 30th Dutch league title last season.