Johan Cruijff has pulled out of his contract to take charge of football policy at Amsterdam club Ajax just two weeks after being given the job.
On its website Ajax said there was ‘too big a difference of opinion’ between Cruijff and the technical staff about the way the club should be revamped.
The problem focuses on the fact that Cruijff wanted to take ‘drastic’ measures to reorganise the youth team, the club said.
Ajax’s head coach Marco van Basten, a close friend of Cruijff’s, said that the former star player was moving too fast. ‘I am not unhappy with how things are going at the moment,’ Van Basten was quoted in the media as saying.
Cruijff was contracted to help shake up the club after a highly critical report into the club’s management was published in mid-February. The report highlighted serious management failures as part of the reason why the club has underperformed over the past few years.
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