Ajax Directors Quit Amid Conflict With Cruyff

"Johan Cruyff is not just anyone. He's a demi-god here, or maybe a whole god" - Uri Coronel, Chairman of Ajax Amsterdam
Ajax's board of directors announced their resignation due to disagreements about football policy matters with the legendary Johan Cruyff, the entire board of directors of Ajax Amsterdam in the Netherlands' Eredivisie has opted to quit rather than oppose Cruyff,

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. "It is about the importance of Ajax. We have taken this decision in the interests of the club. Johan Cruyff is not just anyone. He's a demi-god here, or maybe a whole god," Coronel told a news conference.

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.

In the next phase of Cruyff's revolution, he called for head coach Frank de Boer to be given a greater responsibility in the running of the club and wanted former Ajax stars like Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk to be given roles in the club

Ajax were once one of the great powers in European football, mostly while Cruyff was a player, but also well into the 1990s. In recent years, they have seen their power on the continent drop off. Currently, the team sits in third place in Eredivisie and is struggling to replace their former star Luis Suarez, who departed in the winter for Liverpool of the English Premier League.

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