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By ESPN Staff

Ex-skipper Blind joins Ajax as technical manager

AMSTERDAM, May 6 (Reuters) - Former Netherlands international Danny Blind has signed a four-year contract as technical manager of Ajax Amsterdam, the Dutch club said on Tuesday.

Blind, who was captain of the Ajax team that won the 1995 Champions League and head coach for 14 months in 2005 and 2006, will work under Netherlands manager Marco van Basten, who takes over as coach after the Euro 2008 finals.

'I am very pleased about Danny's arrival. With the departure of (technical director) Martin van Geel a lot of business has landed on my plate and I want to focus on my team,' Van Basten said in an Ajax statement.

'It was necessary that someone joined the staff in the short term as the coming months will be important for the seasons to come and I need to focus on the national team.'

Blind joins from Sparta Rotterdam where he has been technical director since 2007. He started his professional career as player in 1979 before signing for Ajax in 1986.

Blind retired in 1999 and became head of the youth department in 2003, taking over as head coach from Ronald Koeman in March 2005. Blind was sacked in May 2006 despite winning the Dutch Cup and clinching a Champions League qualifying round place after winning the playoffs.