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By ESPN Staff
Apr 26, 2006

Blind facing Ajax sack despite play-off success

AMSTERDAM, April 26 (Reuters) - Ajax Amsterdam said they will review coach Danny Blind's position at the end of this season after a newspaper report on Wednesday that the club will sack him.

In a short statement, Ajax said they will evaluate the club's technical staff when the season ends and would not comment further on media speculation.

The Telegraaf, the Netherlands' biggest newspaper, reported that Blind will be sacked after being held responsible for Ajax's worst season in terms of points earned in 40 years.

Blind, who succeeded Ronald Koeman a year ago, could only steer his team to a fourth-place finish in the first division.

However, they have reached the playoff final against Groningen for a place in the Champions League's third qualifying round and are also through to the Dutch Cup final.

They face Groningen later on Wednesday in the playoff, with a second leg match next week, and take on champions PSV Eindhoven in the cup final on May 7.

Blind, who was captain of Ajax's 1995 Champions League winners, has called for the club's management to give him their support.

'That would take away a lot of commotion, but they won't do it' Blind told the Dutch papers.

Barcelona pair Frank Rijkaard and Henk ten Cate have been tipped as candidates to take over from Blind.