Cruyff: LVG appointment stinks

And he says the actions of his fellow board members “stinks”. The

Amsterdam giants announced on Wednesday that their former coach van

Gaal would return to the club in July 2012 as the replacement for

Rik van den Boog, who left the post earlier this year. Cruyff and

van Gaal – although briefly team-mates at Ajax in the early 1970s –

have famously never seen eye to eye, and the decision to hire van

Gaal to such a senior role without his knowledge has angered the

64-year-old Cruyff. “I do not know what I have to say. To start, I

knew nothing, nothing, really,” Cruyff told Voetbal International.

“You think you are on the right road and then suddenly this

happens. “Legally, they all know how it works, but of course it

stinks all around.” Cruyff claims he was in Barcelona when the

meeting was scheduled and was unable to return to Holland in time

to attend. “Until Tuesday afternoon I was still in Amsterdam, and

only then did I go back to Barcelona,” he said. “It is very

coincidental that the next day a meeting of the board is called. “I

could obviously not be there.” Cruyff claims the actions of his

four colleagues on the board has caused ructions at the club, and

it remains to be seen whether the decision to hire van Gaal will be

formally rubber-stamped. “The major shareholder must now decide

what will happen. And that shareholder Ajax itself,” said Cruyff.

“I would also like to know what all the trainers think. It is

certainly clear that a lot of people have been taken for a ride,

including myself.” Van Gaal admitted earlier this month that it

would be “impossible” for the two men to work together at Ajax, and

Cruyff fears his position could become untenable if the deal goes

through. “It seems clear to me. But let’s not get ahead of

ourselves,” he said. “Let’s first see what exactly the club as a

whole wants.” Despite their differences, both van Gaal and Cruyff

boast stellar – and comparable – managerial records. Van Gaal was

coach of the Ajax team that won three successive Eredivisie titles

between 1994 and 1996 and the Champions League in 1995. He went on

to lead Barcelona to two Spanish league titles before guiding AZ

Alkmaar to the Dutch league crown in 2009 and Bayern to the German

Bundesliga title in 2010. Cruyff managed Ajax between 1985 and

1988, winning the KNVB Beker twice and the European Cup Winners’

Cups, before winning 11 trophies as manager of Barcelona, including

four La Liga titles and one European Cup.