Efstathiou: Ertugral Stays, Comitis goes

The Turkish coach’s future at the club was cast in doubt after the Comitis brothers announced they were selling their shares in the club to their family members the Efstathious on Tuesday.

“Muhsin has been appointed on a three-year term,” Ari Efstathiou said on Robert Marawa's Metro FM radio show.

“It was very clear we were pushing for Muhsin to be appointed back in November rather than Jan Versleijen. Unfortunately there was a big fight with regards to that issue.

“So yes, we are with him for now. We are loading our guns and giving him what he requires. He is appointing his own team behind him, his own squad and I have no doubt Ajax will be one of the top clubs again.”

There was also talk that Etrugral was keen to bring in his former assistant coach at Golden Arrows, Shaun Bartlett, to Ikamva, but that deal fell through owing to a monetary disagreement.

“Those negotiations were done through George Comitis, but, if I am correct, the financial agreement could not be agreed on,” Efstathiou adds.

It was also confirmed that the club will now act without a CEO for the next few weeks, after the Efstathious’ requested that George Comitis take paid leave until his resignation becomes official.

“George and John have resigned from all platforms in the company. George has resigned as CEO, but that all takes affect when there is the completion of all documentation which will take place within the next 10-14 days,” Efstathiou continues.

“Until that happens George remains the CEO. We have had a chat to him about taking paid leave so it doesn’t complicate things. I think George has been very gracious in agreeing to do that until the documents are signed.

“The statures of the club are so strong, so not having a CEO for a couple of weeks is not going to have any affect. Everything operates like a machine at Ajax, so we are not concerned.”