Former Newcastle United forward Peter Lovenkrands backs Frank De Boer for manager job


The Dane believes the Ajax boss would be perfect for the club's young players.

Newcastle United are still managerless after Alan Pardew jumped ship to join his former club Crystal Palace. SInce then several names have been mentioned as having an interest in the job, including Ajax coach Frank De Boer.

De Boer has now been given a vote of confidence from a former Newcastle United striker. Peter Lovenkrands spent four years at the club from 2009 until 2012, in what was actually two spells at the club. Something of a cult hero at Newcastle for his tireless effort he has given his backing to De Boer in the Chronicle - especially in regards to the young players at the club:

“We want to see the young players coming through and getting a chance.

“The young ones need to be good enough.

“You need somebody who has been producing young players. That’s what they do at Ajax at the training schools.

“The young players love it. They have produced young talent for decades.

“I’ve played with most of them. I think he’d be a great fit for Newcastle.

“Newcastle should make the effort to try to get him. Even though Ajax are a Champions League club and he is a high profile coach, they should try to get him.”

Newcastle have some top young players at the club. The likes of Rolando Aarons, Mehdi Abeid and Adam Armstrong have flirted with the first-team and De Boer's influence would certainly be a hit for Newcastle's talented youngsters.

De Boer also has a great record of winning titles. He has won the Eredivisie title four seasons in a row and much of that success has come from bringing through talent from the famed Ajax youth team.

Lovenkrands seems sure he would do the same at Newcastle.

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