Chaos at Ajax. Again.

The Ajax board in happier times

So, for reasons my non-Dutch brain can’t comprehend, Johann Cruyff’s victory in blocking the appointment of bitter rival Louis van Gaal as Ajax CEO precluded the resignation of the entire board en masse, including Cruyff himself:

The resignations of the five members follow an Amsterdam court decision on Tuesday banning the naming of Louis van Gaal as CEO. As well a Cruyff those standing down include Edgar Davids, the chairman, Steven ten Have, and the technical director, Danny Blind.

You can sort of understand the board resigning in protest against the Dutch legend, but why Cruyff? Did he not want to be the last buffoon standing? I did read a report that he will sit on the new one, which would support this explanation. Anyway, the irony of the club that founded a footballing system that stresses harmony of movement and purpose continues to be the source of bitterness and division.