The managing board of AFC Ajax has decided to part ways with Danny Blind as head coach and with Ruud Krol and Gerard van der Lem as his assistants before the end of their contracts. They have been informed about this decision on Wednesday morning.
The reasons for this decisions are as follows:
· Ajax's first team has not realised the most important goal: playing for the championship.
· Ajax's first team has in the past season not played the desired football, namely attractive, offensive and dominant football.
· The progress of both the collective and the individual players - with a few exceptions - has been insufficient.
The evaluation of the coaching staff concerns the entire 14 months in which Danny Blind, Ruud Krol and Gerard van der Lem have acted as the team's staff. The decision about their position was taken during a meeting of the managing board and the board of supervisory directors of Ajax. In the eventual decision that has led to the termination of the collaboration, the results and developments of the entire season have been weighed, including winning the playoffs and the Cup final.
Ajax regret the fact that commotion has risen in the past few weeks about the position and the future of Danny Blind, especially where it concerns the role and position of the club's management. Ajax stress that they at all times have tried to operate carefully and sincerely in their decision to abstain from giving a comment on the achievements and results of the technical staff.
The club's management would like to express his appreciation for the unrelenting effort and commitment that Danny Blind, Gerard van der Lem and Ruud Krol have shown during the season, and particularly in the period of late. The club's management expresses his special thanks to Danny Blind for his long-time effort for and contribution to Ajax.