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Johan Cruyff elected to Ajax board of directors

Johan Cruyff has been elected to the board of directors of Ajax in a move the club hopes will help it return to the glory days he ushered in as a player in the 1970s.

Cruyff and four other new board members replace directors who quit in March and accused Cruyff of strong-arm tactics in insisting that several key staff be fired as part of his master plan to rejuvenate the four-time European champion.

Cruyff had no immediate comment on Tuesday and was not present for Monday's election.

The Dutch icon also has been asked by FIFA President Sepp Blatter to sit on a "council of wisdom" to help clean up football's governing body.

Retired midfielder Edgar Davids also is on the newly elected Ajax board.

Ajax won their 30th Dutch league title last season.