Cruyff blocks Van Gaal appointment
Published : 07 Feb 2012 16:16:45
Ajax legend and board member Johan Cruyff on Tuesday won his battle before an Amsterdam court to block the appointment of Louis van Gaal as general manager of the Dutch club, the ANP agency reported.
The appointment had been made by the club's Council of Commissioners without consulting Cruyff, who is one of the five board members.
Cruyff, who has never been able to hide his dislike of his countryman, took legal action and was backed by 15 coaches from the club's training centre.
Cruyff had restructured the club in recent years by giving more power to former plays such as Frank De Boer and Dennis Bergkamp, who are coaches, Danny Blind who is sporting director and Wim Jonk responsible for training.
"The coaches from the training centre are all former club players. I've always been 200percent behind this project and I maintain that it's very important for the club," said Cruyff, who feared that Van Gaal would dismantle his work.
Van Gaal, 60, had been due to work alongside Blind and commercial director Martin Sturkenboom as part of a new leadership structure at the home of the four-time European champions.
The former Bayern Munich coach managed Ajax between 1991 and 1997, notably leading them to the Champions League title in 1995, and was sporting director from 2003 to 2004.