Newcastle United are closing in on their top managerial target, but not until the summer…
Newcastle United have surprisingly made Frank de Boer their top managerial target, in what reports describe as a bold new approach from owner Mike Ashley, reports the Daily Mirror.
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According to the source, 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.
Caretaker John Carver, who oversaw the recent Premier League draw with Burnley and the FA Cup defeat by Leicester, is likely to remain in charge for the remainder of the current campaign.
Newcastle already have 27 Premier League points, and are in a comfortable position in regards to domestic safety, while they are now out of all other competitions.
Meanwhile, 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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