The directors of the four top clubs all wanted to join the supervisory body, although Edwin van der Sar pushed commercial director Menno Geelen forward on behalf of Ajax. This was against the chest of the other three top clubs, who previously stipulated with the fellow Eredivisie clubs not to sit on the supervisory board with one but two representatives.
The fact that none of the top clubs voluntarily wanted to give up the seat of the commissioner at the expense of the other shows the mutual division and the now deep-rooted distrust between Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV and AZ. Meanwhile, the four have mutually agreed that Ajax and PSV will make a nomination: Geelen or Toon Gebrands and Feyenoord and AZ: Mark Koevermans or Robert Eenhoorn.
Show Gerbrands from PSV.
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The rest of the clubs quickly decided who would represent them on the supervisory board. Martin van Geel (Willem II), Manfred Laros (Sparta), Marco Bogers (VVV-Venlo) and Thijs van Es (FC Utrecht) only have to wait until Wednesday for the two representatives of the top four. When the supervisory board is complete, a chairman will be elected from among their number.
After the departure of chairman John Jaakke and the supervisory directors Peter Fossen and Oege Boonstra, the eighteen Eredivisie clubs had to appoint a new supervisory board. The intention was to appoint five club directors for a year or longer until the ECV and the Eerste Divisie clubs (CED) merge into one interest group with the working title “The Football League”. The new organization should take over various tasks from the KNVB and act more effectively in the current football landscape.