KURT LINDER, who won the title with Johan Cruyff at Ajax, has passed away at the age of 89.
The former German manager won the Eredivisie in the 1981/82 season alongside Dutch legend Cruyff and talents such as Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard
A statement on Ajax’s website confirmed the tragic news of his passing.
It read: “Ajax was shocked on Monday by the news about the death of former head coach Kurt Linder.
“The German was active as a trainer in Amsterdam in two periods.
“Linder experienced varying degrees of success in his Ajax period; his highlight was the beautiful national championship of the 1981/1982 season.”
Ajax listed off his accolades away from Ajax as well, including saving PSV from relegation.
His management style was described as “harsh and clear” by the club, a tag Linder himself admitted was true when things were not going well.
Upon being appointed at Ajax, he said: “I have the reputation of being a hard coach, but that is only the case if the results are not forthcoming.
“Until that moment I can turn a blind eye to a lot, but after that I am indeed merciless. I then look for the causes and they are often obvious.
“I have absolutely no problem with that, because unlike a player I represent the whole club, while a footballer often only thinks in his own street.”
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