Ajax coach Marco van Basten has received a vote of confidence after the club’s latest defeat in what is turning into a depressing season for the Amsterdam giants.
Ajax have taken only four points from five Eredivisie matches since the winter break and now lie third in the standings, some 14 points behind runaway leaders AZ Alkmaar.
But despite Sunday’s 4-1 mauling away to Vitesse Arnhem, Ajax director Rik van den Boog insists the former Dutch national team boss retains the support of the board.
”He is not up for discussion, come on,” Van den Boog told De Telegraaf. ”It’s unpleasant and bad that you see the championship go in such a short time, after such a disastrous month of January.
”As a director I hope to never be part of that again. But on the other hand it is a fact and you have to deal with it.”
Last week Ajax’s training sessions were disrupted by a 300-strong group of supporters proetesting about the club’s recent form and demanding explanations from van Basten.
Van den Boog has refused to condemn the protesters, saying: ”Football is emotional and, as I understand, the fans expressed their emotions in a correct way. The fans handle the situation with respect.”