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Ajax row heading to the law courts

November 28, 2011

The off-field rifts at Ajax seem set to widen after Johan Cruyff announced he and ten coaches at the club are to take legal action against four members of the supervisory board over the appointment of Louis van Gaal, Danny Blind and Martin Sturkenboom as directors.

Johan Cruyff
GettyImagesAjax's board of directors resigned in March after a row with Johan Cruyff.

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Cruyff, the fifth member of a divided supervisory board, claims he was not informed of the changes and intends to take legal action against Edgar Davids, Steven ten Have, Paul Romer and Marjan Olfers.

The former Ajax and Barcelona coach, who has been backed by Wim Jonk, Dennis Bergkamp, Ronald de Boer, Jaap Stam, John Bosman, Bryan Roy, Dean Gorre, Orlando Trustfull, Michel Kreek and Marc Overmars, said in De Telegraaf newspaper: "Unfortunately, it is inevitable.

"It was a clear signal, the football players have in recent days been insulted. Therefore, we collectively decided to take legal action against the four commissioners of Ajax. So, for clarity, not against the club.''

Cruyff insists the move is not about personal issues - he and 60-year-old Van Gaal are known to not see eye to eye - but rather his desire to see a younger set of coaches have more power at the ArenA.

He added: "People who say it's about power know nothing.

"My generation should step into the background and make room for a new and ambitious group of people that will take Ajax back to the summit. It should not be that people like myself or Van Gaal take the reins.''