Pier Eringa is stepping down as chairman of the supervisory board at Ajax. Ajax announced this just before the remainder of the Classic against Feyenoord (0-4), which was halted on Sunday. Eringa and the supervisory board are under fire because of Ajax’s mediocre sporting performance.
Eringa was appointed chairman of the supervisory board of Ajax in March, but leaves six months later. Eringa will formally resign in Amsterdam on October 2.
“Especially when things are not going well, I think you should be there as a supervisor. But I am not deaf to the criticism and not blind to the situation Ajax is in now,” says Eringa. “For that reason I have decided to make room for a new chairman. I have worked hard for the club. I will continue to follow Ajax as a fan and hope that the sporting performance will soon return to the level desired by Ajax.”
Sources around Eringa report to ANP that the board of directors asked Eringa to resign on Wednesday morning. Since last week, Ajax has had a new board of directors, which can send the supervisory board home. Supporters of the F-Side, the hard supporter core of Ajax, have demanded the departure of Eringa and the other members of the supervisory board in recent days. They also want interim director Jan van Halst and chief sports officer Maurits Hendriks to leave as soon as possible.
“The first step was taken last Sunday,” the F-Side said in a message on social media on Tuesday evening regarding the dismissal of football affairs director Sven Mislintat. “And we will continue in no particular order.” The F-Side then mentioned the names of Eringa, Georgette Schlick, Annette Mosman, Jan van Halst and Maurits Hendriks. Schlick and Mosman, like Eringa, are on the supervisory board. Van Halst is interim director of the club from the capital and Hendriks was closely involved in the appointment of Mislintat.
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Eringa is the second victim that the major crisis at Ajax claims. Previously, technical director Sven Mislintat was fired after four months. The 62-year-old Eringa was appointed chairman of the supervisory board of Ajax in March. De Fries was appointed for three years and eight months, until the general meeting of shareholders in November 2026. The former CEO of ProRail enjoyed the support of the works council of the national champion and the Ajax association as a major shareholder.
Eringa succeeded Leen Meijaard, who took charge of the supervisory board on November 16, 2018. Ajax supporters accuse Eringa of not providing sufficient supervision. Football director Mislintat, who was dismissed on Sunday, brought head coach Maurice Steijn and twelve new players to Amsterdam in recent months for around 115 million euros. Mislintat became controversial last week because he did business with a player agency that has shares in a company in which he is also a shareholder.
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