The Ajax boss is unlikely to leave the Amsterdam outfit mid-season, but could be a canny appointment this summer.
Frank de Boer is one of the names that have been consistently mentioned as a potential replacement for Alan Pardew at Newcastle, but the Dutchman has voiced his reluctance to leave Ajax mid-season.
Having led the club to four consecutive Eredivisie titles, the Amsterdam club’s manager is currently locked in a battle for top spot with PSV Eindhoven and as such De Boer’s unwillingness to drop tools and head to a new job is understandable.
However, if there is a chance that the former central defender could take up the St James’ Park hotseat at the end of the campaign he could be well worth the wait.
Although Newcastle would be getting a manager of calibre that has proven his ability in Amsterdam, his reunion with two former Ajax players could see the Tyneside club capitalise.
Anita has not lived up to his potential since moving to England but would surely relish the opportunity to renew his working relationship with familiar face De Boer again.
De Jong has been on the sidelines for the majority of this season and his quality has been missed over the course of the campaign.
The Netherlands international could be the man to get the side’s attack firing on all cylinders again and De Boer’s track record with molding De Jong into the player he is today must be taken into account.
With the Geordies’ season seemingly destined for mediocrity and mid-table, waiting until the summer to land De Boer makes sense.