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Danny Blind Rejoins Ajax as Supervisory Board Member.

Roger Hampel

Danny Blind Ajax
Danny Blind Ajax

In a significant move for Ajax, Danny Blind, the celebrated former Dutch footballer, has been appointed as a member of the club's supervisory board. This decision was formalized during a recent shareholders meeting held at the Johan Cruijff Arena, marking a notable return for Blind to the club.

Blind's appointment, set to continue until at least November 2027, is a homecoming of sorts. His deep-rooted connection with Ajax dates back to his time as a player and a coach. Between April 2018 and August 2021, he served on the board before taking a hiatus to assist manager Louis van Gaal with the Dutch men's national team. During his tenure, the national team made a remarkable run to the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

This strategic decision comes at a time when Ajax is keen on bolstering its leadership. Alex Kroess has also been appointed as the club's CEO, effective March 15, indicating a reshaping of the club's top management.

Blind's extensive experience and legacy with Ajax are expected to be invaluable. He has an illustrious history with the club, having played in 493 matches and serving as the team captain. His time as a player was marked by significant triumphs, including winning the 1995 Champions League title, the 1992 UEFA Cup, five Eredivisie championships, and four Dutch cup tournaments. As a coach, he led the team to another Dutch cup title, starting in March 2005.

Interestingly, Blind will reunite with Van Gaal at Ajax, where the latter has been appointed as an advisor to address the club's recent challenges with the men's team. This reunion of two of Ajax's most influential figures could herald a new era of success and stability for the club.

Ajax's decision to bring back Blind, a figure deeply intertwined with the club's rich history and successes, signifies a strategic effort to leverage his extensive experience and leadership skills. This move is expected to infuse the club with renewed vigor and insight as they navigate the ever-evolving landscape of football.

Source: NL Times


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