Reported Newcastle managerial target rules out imminent move

Ajax boss Frank de Boer has confirmed that he will be staying in the Eredivisie for another season.

Former Dutch international de Boer has been linked with a summer move to St James’ Park ever since the departure of Alan Pardew, and has been considered a real contender for the manager’s job.

John Carver is currently in charge of the Magpies, and could realistically stay on past the end of this season if he were to impress. However, he has not done much impressing during his short tenure and de Boer is just one of many top class managers who have been targeted by the Toon board.

The Ajax boss has been pooled alongside Christophe Galtier, Rémi Garde and Glenn Hoddle as potential candidates, as per the Telegraph, but it is de Boer’s endured success - four consecutive Eredivisie titles - and preference to promote youth that has made him a top target for the Magpies.

His future was seemingly under threat at the Amsterdam ArenA, with Ajax struggling in the league this term. They sit an amazing 14 points behind league leaders PSV Eindhoven, and although progressing well in the Europa League - they are in the last-16 after defeating Legia Warsaw - there is a real chance they could miss out on Champions League qualification for next term.

The ongoing struggles would have opened the door for de Boer to exit the club at the end of the season, and Newcastle should have made a move for him in the last few weeks while his future was unclear.

However, it has now been confirmed that there will be no chance of the former Barcelona star moving to Tyneside next season, with the 44-year-old admitting that he will definitely stay with Ajax into the next campaign.

As reported by Voetbal International, de Boer revealed in his press conference that he will still be coaching the Dutch giants next year, leaving Newcastle to look at other targets if they intend to replace Carver before the start of next season.

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