Frank de Boer has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle.
Despite flying high with the Eredivisie side, de Boer could miss out on the league title for the first time in five years, and, although it has been rumoured he will not leave until the summer, the Magpies should be doing all they can to bring him to Tyneside, as he represents all that Newcastle fans want from their side.
As is the philosophy of de Joden, de Boer has built a strong foundation at the Amsterdam ArenA, focusing upon youth development. A logical decision, it allows the creation of a first-team who are emotionally connected to the area - something Newcastle have been criticised for not doing in recent years - whilst also providing a strong financial boost, when players are generally sold on for large fees after developing with the side - such as current Magpie Siem de Jong, who left Ajax last summer.
Under the Pardew regime, the club focused upon the same kind of Moneyball approach, although theirs was to sign foreign players for cheap, before selling them on. It was only in the last few months that the 53-year-old had looked towards the youth academy, and even only that came around due to a major injury crisis in the first-team. Rolando Aarons, Sammy Ameobi and Mehdi Abeid all enjoyed positive breaks in the starting XI, whilst Paul Dummett is starting to look like a defender of real promise.
There is a sense that the current academy system on Tyneside is enjoying something of a productive spell, and the management have made the conscious decision to look towards their local area for talent, rather than abroad - and de Boer would be the perfect man to cultivate this talent.
Should a consistent production line get going, de Boer could create both a successful and financially viable team, playing into the needs of both the Newcastle fans - who want glory - and owner Mike Ashley - who wants financial security - and, before long, the Toon could return to challenging at the top end of the Premier League table.