Ajax manager Frank de Boer is Newcastle United’s number one target for the vacant head coaching role at St James’ Park, according to reports.
The Mirror claim that De Boer is at top of a five-man shortlist, but the club are prepared to wait until the summer before approaching the former Netherlands international, knowing that he will not renew his contract with the Dutch giants in the coming months.
In the meantime, caretaker John Carver is expected to remain at the helm for the rest of the season, having been placed in temporary charge following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace last week.
De Boer, 44, has been in charge of Ajax since December 2010 – his first job in management – and has won the Eredivisie title in each of the four seasons since, leading to the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur sounding out his services in the past.
Owner Mike Ashley’s hiring track record has been conservative up to this point, having noticeably preferred cheaper options in Chris Hughton, Joe Kinnear and Pardew, and the pursuit of De Boer would represent a bold new approach.
However, it remains to be seen whether the Magpies would be able to convince the ex-Barcelona defender to make the move to the North East, with there bound to be interest in his signature from elsewhere come the end of the season.