Frank de Boer has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant head coaching role at Newcastle United, following reports that the Ajax boss is at the top of the club’s five-man shortlist.
The Mirror had claimed this week that De Boer is Newcastle’s number one target to take over from the departed Alan Pardew, but that management would wait until the summer before making a formal approach.
"I feel honoured, but no, it is not a club that I aspire to,” he said during the Eredivise side’s training camp in Doha.
“Newcastle is of course a sleeping giant with a fantastic crowd and fantastic facilities, but I do not at all think about it.
“I put all my energy into training camp and will stay here anyway for another half-year. If there is a club where I want to go, we can see again properly."
De Boer, 44, has been in charge of Ajax since December 2010 – his first job in management – and has won the league title in each of the four seasons since, leading to the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur sounding out his services in the past.
His side sit second in the table at present ahead of the second half of the campaign, four points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven after 17 games.