Marc Overmars quits as Ajax director of football after ‘sending inappropriate messages to female colleagues’


Marc Overmars claimed he was ‘ashamed’ and apologized after stepping down as Ajax director of football on a “series of inappropriate messages sent to several female colleagues”.

The 48-year-old was appointed sporting director at Ajax in 2012 and signed a new contract last December to keep him at the Dutch side until 2026.

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Overmars has now made a shock exit from the reigning Dutch champions after talks with the club’s board and Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar.

Talk to Ajax official websitethe club’s former director of football said his behavior was “unacceptable” and his position was untenable after the allegations.

“I’m ashamed. Last week I was faced with reports of my behavior and how it felt to others,” Overmars said.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t realize I was crossing the line with this, but it has been made clear to me over the past few days. I suddenly felt a huge amount of pressure. I apologise.

“Certainly for someone in my position, this behavior is unacceptable. I see it now too. But it’s too late. I don’t see any other option than to leave Ajax.

“It also has a major impact on my private situation. That’s why I’m asking everyone to leave me and my family alone.

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Van der Sar said the news would be a “huge blow for anyone who cares about Ajax” and found the situation “appalling for everyone”.

The former Manchester United No1 explained: “I find the situation appalling for everyone and I agree with what Leen Meijaard said.

“In my role, I also feel responsible for helping colleagues. A safe sport and work climate is very important. We will pay even more attention to this in the near future.

“Marc and I have been playing together since the early 1990s, first at Ajax and then with the national team and we have been colleagues in the management of Ajax for almost 10 years now. That has now come to an end. very abrupt way.

“We are working on something very wonderful here at Ajax, so this news will also be a blow to everyone who cares about Ajax.”

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Overmars enjoyed a prolific playing career with Ajax in the 1990s.

The former Ajax star won three Eredivisie titles and a Dutch Cup before signing for Arsenal in 1997.

Overmars, who was capped 86 times by the Netherlands, won the Premier League title and FA Cup with the Gunners during his three seasons in England.

The former Dutch winger then moved to Barcelona in 2000 and announced his first retirement in 2004.

However, Overmars turned around in 2008 and had a second stint with the Dutch Go Ahead Eagles for just one season before hanging up his boots.


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