Ajax Supervisory Board Will Resign After Dispute Among Cruijff, van Gaal

AFC Ajax NV (AJAX), the most successful club in Dutch soccer history, said its supervisory board will resign after a dispute among its members including Johan Cruijff over naming Louis van Gaal as director.

“The supervisory board is prepared to step down as soon as possible, once successors have been found who’ll have broad support,” the Amsterdam-based soccer club said today in an e- mailed statement. Tomorrow’s extraordinary shareholders meeting, where a vote of confidence on the panel was scheduled, will be canceled, Ajax said.

Last November board members led by Steven ten Have proposed naming Van Gaal as chairman after they couldn’t agree with Cruijff on an appointment. The Amsterdam district court said Feb. 6 that Ajax, a four-time European champion with a record 30 Dutch league titles, can’t appoint Van Gaal and Martin Sturkenboom as directors because the supervisory board didn’t allow Cruijff to participate in the decision.

Technical manager Danny Blind and Sturkenboom resigned from the club, Ajax said in a statement today. Blind won the European Champions League in 1995 as Ajax captain and has held several management functions at the club.

To contact the reporter on this story: Martijn van der Starre in Amsterdam at vanderstarre@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mariajose Vera in Muenchen at mvera1@bloomberg.net

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