Former Ajax captain Danny Blind nominated to supervisory board

Danny Blind (left) with Louis van Gaal during the World Cup in Qatar in 2021. Photo: ANP/Koen van Weel

Former captain Danny Blind is poised to rejoin Ajax’s supervisory board as the overhaul of the club’s management structure continues.

The Amsterdam club are in turmoil both on and off the pitch, with the team standing 17th in the league and newly appointed manager Maurice Steijn under mounting pressure from fans to quit. On Sunday they visit league leaders PSV Eindhoven, who have a 100% record in the Eredivisie after nine matches.

A month ago director of football Sven Mislintat was sacked shortly after the club began an investigation into a potential conflict of interest with one of his summer transfers, though the club insists that the two events were unrelated.

Since Mislintat’s departure Pier Eringa, former chair of the supervisory board, has quit, while former player Klaas Jan Huntelaar stepped down from the technical staff claiming to be suffering from burnout.

Blind, who played nearly 500 times for the club and lifted the European Cup in 1995, left the board in 2021 to become assistant coach to Louis van Gaal at the World Cup in Qatar.

The 62-year-old decided not to reclaim his seat after the tournament, which coincided with the departure of his son, Daley, as a player after he fell out with the then coach, Alfred Schreuder.

But with Van Gaal joining the board in an advisory capacity and former club chairman Michiel van Praag expected to succeed Eringa as chair, Blind becomes the latest club icon to try to steady the ship.

He will be formally proposed at an Extraordinary General Meeting of shareholders with a recommendation to appoint him until 2027, the club said in a statement on its website.


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