Cruijff returns to Ajax after 23 years

09:23, July 26, 2011      

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Johan Cruijff has returned to Ajax in an official function 23 years after he quit the club as a coach. The 64-year-old club legend will be part of the new supervisory board.

After the members council agreed to the appointment of the new supervisory board 42 days ago, the shareholders gave their approval as well on Monday in Amsterdam.

The new board, including chairman Steven ten Have and former player Edgar Davids, were elected unanimously, while Cruijff had 10 votes against him. Some of the shareholders were irritated by the fact that Cruijff was the only new commissioner who wasn't present at the extraordinary general meeting.

"We already had received some signals that he wouldn't come," said the new chairman Ten Have. "But we did hope until the last moment that Johan would come anyway."

The new supervisory board's first job will be to look for a suitable CEO, a successor to Rik van den Boog. Cruijff's personal favorite new director, former player Tscheu La Ling, did not get the support of the other commissioners.

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