Arsenal legend, Marc Overmars has left his role at Ajax after sending a series of ‘inappropriate messages’ to female colleagues, with CEO Edwin van der Sar admitting the situation is ‘appalling for everyone.’ Director of football affairs Overmars stood down after discussions with Van der Sar and the supervisory board following reports of alleged misconduct, with the ex-Manchester United goalkeeper reportedly stepping in temporarily as sporting director.
A statement on Ajax’s official website said: ‘Director of football affairs Marc Overmars will leave Ajax with immediate effect. ‘He made this decision after discussions in recent days with the supervisory board and CEO Edwin van der Sar and communicated his intentions to them.
‘A series of inappropriate messages sent to several female colleagues over an extended period of time underlies his decision to leave the club.’ Former Ajax, Arsenal, and Barcelona midfielder Overmars, who had been in his post since the summer of 2012, admitted his behavior had been ‘unacceptable’ and issued an apology.
The 48-year-old said: ‘I am ashamed. Last week I was confronted with reports about my behavior and how this has come across to others. ‘Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that I was crossing the line with this, but that was made clear to me in recent days. I suddenly felt enormous pressure. ‘I apologize. Certainly, for someone in my position, this behavior is unacceptable. I now see that too. ‘But it is too late. I see no other option but to leave Ajax. This also has a major impact on my private situation. That is why I ask everyone to leave me and my family alone.’
Supervisory board chairman Leen Meijaard said Overmars’ behaviour had been ‘devastating’ for the women involved, and admitted there was little option but for ‘probably the best football director that Ajax has had’ to leave.