Johan Cruyff has pulled out of his much-publicised bid to revive former club Ajax, citing a difference of opinion between him and the new technical staff.

"This is a professional difference of opinion and not a personal conflict," 50-year-old Cruyff told the De Telegraaf daily.

He wanted a rigorous overhaul of the youth training program of Ajax but apparently the technical staff, headed by the new Ajax coach and fellow Dutch football great Marco van Basten, did not agree.

"To get the youth program on a level fitting for Ajax, drastic measures should be taken. I drew up a clear plan but the people who have to carry it out did not share my vision," he added.

Cruyff's resignation is a blow to many Ajax fans who hoped the two football legends Cruyff and Van Basten would put Ajax back on track.

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 and this season trail PSV by nine points.

They have also struggled to compete at the European level, their last trophy being the 1995 UEFA Champions League title.