The view from the Netherlands

The Ajax dispute: Cruyff or Van Gaal?

February 1, 2012
By Ernst Bouwes
Sixteen months ago, Johan Cruyff started a revolution in his De Telegraaf newspaper column with the headline 'This is not Ajax anymore'. The previous Wednesday, Ajax had been lucky to get away with a 2-0 Champions League defeat in Madrid. Cruyff noticed that the team only managed one shot on goal, while their play and mentality were below par. He went on to suggest that the club was poorly managed in all departments and, in short, it would be better if everyone involved were to quit, letting Ajax ...

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