THE HAGUE, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Ajax announced on Sunday the immediate termination of their collaboration with director of football, Sven Mislintat, after just four months.
The Amsterdam-based Dutch soccer club cited a lack of broad organizational support as the reason for this decision.
"Several attempts to restore broad support have not led to the desired outcome," interim CEO Jan van Halst said in a press release. "This leads to unrest in and around the club, also due to the disappointing results."
"Sven has put in tremendous effort for Ajax in recent months, for which we are grateful," Van Halst added. "It is now in Ajax's best interest to move on with joined forces and find a way back to sporting success."
Mislintat, 51, joined Ajax on May 19 to construct a new team and appoint a new coach. He made a surprising choice in Maurice Steijn from Sparta Rotterdam. After key players like Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United), Jurrien Timber (Arsenal), Edson Alvarez (West Ham United), and Dusan Tadic (Fenerbahce) departed, Mislintat brought in a dozen new players for around 110 million euros.
Mislintat's efforts seemed in vain as Ajax currently stay in the bottom half of the Dutch league standings.
The club now emphasized in the statement on the departure of Mislintat that ending the collaboration is unrelated to the forensic accountant investigation announced last Wednesday.
Without Mislintat in the stands in the Johan Cruijff Arena on Sunday, Ajax trailed 3-0 behind Feyenoord when the game was halted as fireworks were twice thrown onto the pitch.