Dennis Bergkamp was feared because he had too much power at Ajax, according to former team coordinator David Endt.
Bergkamp was an assistant manager at Ajax before losing his job earlier this month.
He was a member of the club’s ‘Technical Heart’, a group of ex-players who determine the direction of the club on the pitch, before falling out with fellow members Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars.
There were reportedly disagreements about transfers and their former manager, Marcel Keizer.
David Endt, who used to work as a team coordinator at Ajax, believes Bergkamp may have also been feared because of his power.
“For me, Bergkamp was also the biggest loser,” Endt told NOS.
“He was always criticised for his actions in the technical heart. He had a lot of power, and was even feared by some people because of it. He could be ruthless in his judgement.
“Bergkamp also had a large say in the appointment of Marcel Keizer as manager. These events have strongly confirmed this.”
In the end, Bergkamp, Keizer and Hennie Spijkerman, another assistant manager, were removed from their positions.
Bergkamp returned to Ajax in 2008.
He was employed as a youth coach and as an assistant coach to Marco van Basten and Johan Neeskens for the Ajax first team, predominantly working with the first team’s centre forwards.
It remains to be seen what his next move will be.
Fans would like to see him return to Arsenal in some capacity, but Arsene Wenger may not want a disruptive influence in his backroom team, no matter who that is.