Johan Cruyff may have invented one of the most pleasant ways to play the beautiful game, but there's been nothing pleasant about his recent activity in the football world.
After falling out with his colleagues at Ajax for the umpteenth time this February, Cruyff finally decided to leave the Dutch club (which is set to be crowned Eredivisie champions in the coming weeks) in peace.
Unfortunately, that did not mean that he was taking a break from football entirely. On the contrary, Cruyff decided to try a completely new experience—introducing his style of football to Mexico.
Since being appointed this past February as an advisor to Chivas Guadalajara, Cruyff's influence has grown steadily, and last week, he stepped up his influence big time by informing Ignacio Ambriz, the coach at the time, that he would be relieved of his duties at the end of the season.
Outraged, Ambriz immediately resigned, leaving Chivas without a coach to finish the season. Guadelajara released a statement recapping the events that lead to Ambriz leaving the club:
The firm responsible for the Chivas sporting project, headed by Johan Cruyff, determined that Ignacio Ambriz should remain in his post until the tournament concludes.
However, on being notified of the decision, Ambriz decided to decline that plan and opted to leave the coaching position.
Um...duh? Why should any coach see out the season with his team if he knows he'll be sacked at the end of the season no matter what happens?
Granted, Ambriz had not recorded good results with Chivas, but Cruyff completely mishandled the situation.
I can't wait to see how Cruyff's latest project ends up. I'm betting he and his "advising firm" are sacked in less than two years.