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    30 May 2023

    Ajax CEO Edwin Van der Sar steps down after a seven-year tenure

    Edwin van der Sar resigns as Ajax CEO after tough season

    In a surprising turn of events, former Manchester United goalkeeper and current Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has resigned from his position. Van der Sar joined the board in 2012 before being appointed as chief executive in 2016.

    The announcement comes after a challenging season for the Dutch club that saw them finish third, missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 2009. This was a significant blow to their reputation as they had won two consecutive Eredivisie titles just prior.

    “We have experienced wonderful things together, but it has also been an incredibly tough period,” said Van Der Sar while announcing his resignation . “I feel the need to take some distance, to get some rest and do other things. It doesn’t feel good to take decisions about the future of this wonderful club in the coming period; that is why I have decided to resign.”

    Ajax’s Disappointing Campaign

    Last campaign ended up being rather disappointing for Ajax fans who expected their team to win another title or at least qualify directly into UEFA Champions League group stages But their hopes were dashed when Feyenoord won with a comfortable lead of twelve points ahead followed by PSV Eindhoven at second place with six points difference.

    Moreover, losing in Europa League knockout round play-off against German side Union Berlin added insult to injury.

    Tough Times Led To A Change In Management

    The decision comes amid concerns about team management stability following last season’s underwhelming performance which led Alfred Schreuder sacked in January and replaced by John Heitinga.


    In conclusion, Edwin van der Sar’s resignation marks the end of an era for Ajax. His departure comes after a challenging season that saw the Dutch club miss out on Champions League qualification and finish third in the Eredivisie standings. While it remains to be seen who will replace him as CEO, one thing is certain: they have big shoes to fill.

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