Ajax supervisory board chief quits as club’s woes continue

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The chairman of Ajax’ supervisory board Pier Eringa resigned on Wednesday as the club’s football woes continued.

Pier Eringa, who was only appointed in March, said that he was not blind to the criticism after a disastrous start to the season. Technical director Sven Mislaintat was also sacked on Sunday because of a “lack of broad support” at the club.

“When things are not going well, you should stand your ground as a board,” Eringa said on the Ajax website. “But I am not deaf to the criticism and not blind to the situation Ajax is presently in.”

“I will continue to follow the club as a fan and I hope that its performances return to the desired level as soon as possible,” he said.

On Wednesday afternoon, the continuation of Sunday’s abandoned game against arch rival Feyenoord was played out in an empty stadium. The Rotterdammers managed to boost their winning score by one goal to 4-0 by the end of play.

The match was halted on Sunday after Ajax fans repeatedly threw fireworks onto the pitch. Later riot police were drafted in to break up a crowd trying to drive their way into the Johan Cruijff arena on the edge of the Dutch capital.

Ajax are currently languishing in 14th place in the Eredivisie with just one win in five games. It is the club’s worst start to the season since 1964.

Coach Maurice Steijn said after the game he felt the pressure of the club’s poor performance so far. “We have to climb up the rankings as soon as possible,” he said. “That is my responsibility.”

On Saturday Ajax meet RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch premier league. On October 5, they meet AEK Athena in their next Group B match in the Europa League.

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