Cruyff called in to revive Ajax
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Footballing legend Johan Cruyff has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of his home club Ajax.

The Amsterdam giants have been forced to play second fiddle to arch-rivals PSV Eindhoven in the last few years and have not won their domestic championship since 2004.

They have also struggled to compete at the European level and their last trophy dates back to the 1995 UEFA Champions League title.

The club's directors held an emergency meeting on Tuesday and announced on Wednesday morning that a new technical and sporting structure would be put in place headed by Cruyff.

The existing set-up would be scrapped and its director John Jaake would leave his job before the end of the season.

Cruyff started his career as a teenager at Ajax before going on to enjoy huge success at Barcelona and with the Dutch national side.

Press reports said that he would likely call in the current national team coach Marco van Basten to be his right-hand man in the new setup after this summer's UEFA EURO 2008.