Newcastle United are closing in on their top managerial target, but not until the summer…
Frank de Boer was once a target for Tottenham and Liverpool, but now Newcastle United hope to lure the Dutchman into being their next manager, as part of a bold new approach by owner Mike Ashley.
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According to reports in the Daily Mirror, the 44-year-old is seen by the Toon hierarchy as a master tactician who can take the club to new levels following Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace.
They know de Boer will not renege on his Ajax contract mid-season, but they have put him at the top of a five-man shortlist and are willing to wait until summer.
De Boer is in his fifth year as Ajax coach and has led the Amsterdam club to the Dutch title in all four seasons so far, while Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal rates de Boer as one of the biggest coaching talents in Europe.
It would certainly be a huge coup for Newcastle if they could lure De Boer to St. James’ Park, particularly considering their recent track record for appointing the cheaper option. But under-fire Ashley could now win the fans over with a big deal.
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