Frank de Boer has been linked with taking charge at Newcastle in the summer.
The former Dutch international was a reported target of the Magpies in the immediate aftermath of Alan Pardew’s departure from St James’ Park.
Although the club have now settled on John Carver’s appointment until the end of the season, with Pardew’s former assistant taking the reins on a temporary basis, it is likely that he will be replaced in the summer, and the Mirror claims that de Boer is still being earmarked as a potential replacement.
One would assume that the Magpies management have already started searching for their next permanent head coach, and will want to secure an appointment before the current season ends, so as to ensure the new man profits from a full pre-season's worth of training. It would be pointless bringing in a new coach with no training time prior to the start of the campaign, especially if that coach is de Boer, who will likely want to bring a large change of style to that currently seen at St James’ Park.
There are other names linked with the manager’s seat, with the Telegraph suggesting Christophe Galtier, Remi Garde and Glenn Hoddle as potential candidates, although de Boer represents a logical move for the Toon. He is well versed in playing the attacking football that the Tyneside fans want to see, and he has a record for utilising youth with Ajax, a trait that makes him perfect with Newcastle’s current aim to bring young stars through their academy.
Due to Ajax being one of Europe's biggest clubs historically, and de Boer winning four successive Eredivise titles with the club, it could be suggested that he would not want to leave his homeland. However, if Newcastle intend to appoint the former Barcelona defender, now would be the perfect time to make a move for him.
Ajax are currently second in the Eredivise table, and have been enduring a turbulent season by their recent standards. After Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Willem II, de Joden sit second in the league table, 14 points off first-placed PSV, and just six points ahead of Feyenoord and AZ in third and fourth place respectively.
De Boer himself has been under criticism by a large selection of the Dutch media, with Oranje icons Johan Cruyff and Willem van Hanegem berating his management style to Voetbal International - Cruyff claimed that de Boer's Ajax have become a ‘huge failure’.
There is something in the sense that de Boer is going to leave Ajax in the summer, and the media are actively working to see him go, and Newcastle would be wise to approach the 44-year-old whilst his time in the Netherlands is being derided. He may well be looking for an exit, and the Magpies could be the club to offer it to him.