Legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruijff is to return to Ajax, the Amsterdam club where his career started. Cruijff, nicknamed ‘the Saviour’ for his superhuman soccer skills, will be in charge of football policy and it is hoped that he will help the club out of its current mess.
The club’s share price has already risen on the news and fans are filling websites with ecstatic comment on the move.
But the appointment of Cruijff is no guarantee of success. The club no longer belongs in the European top class – it simply doesn’t have the financial clout of other leading clubs and the team lacks talent.
Although a fantastic footballer and a brilliant trainer, Cruijff is also famous for his clashes with management if things don’t go his way.
A report published on Sunday blasted the current management for misguided investments in players and talent schemes and is likely to be replaced. It is crucial that any new directors have a rapport with Cruijff. Otherwise the fans’ dream will end in a nightmare.
One thing is almost certain. Cruijff’s first act will be ensure his friend and former top footballer Marco van Basten becomes the new trainer at the club after his contract as national Dutch coach ends in the summer.
Whatever happens, Ajax will certainly be a lot more exciting both on and off the pitch in the coming months.
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