Ajax keeps financial problems secret
Monday 13 August 2012
Amsterdam football club Ajax has enormous financial problems which have been kept secret, the Telegraaf reports on Monday without naming its sources.
According to the paper, former chairman Uri Coronel and former general director Rick van den Boog left behind a financial 'graveyard' when they left the club in early 2011 following a row with Johan Cruijff.
The new supervisory board is shocked at the extent of the financial problems which include enormous and, according to some sources, irresponsible risks. However, financial director Jeroen Slop is preventing them from making the situation public until Ajax has found a replacement for Van den Boog, says the paper.
Ajax is currently in such dire financial straits it has been selling valuable players. Among them are Mounir El Hamdaoui, Rodney Sneijder, Theo Janssen and Vurnon Anita.
It is also looking to sell Gregory van der Wiel and Miralem Sulejmani and to find a new central defender and a wing player before the transfer deadline of August 31, says the Telegraaf.