Newcastle are edging ever closer to hiring Steve McClaren as their new manager.
The Magpies managed to stay in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over West Ham United on the final day of the season, with interim boss John Carver now set to be replaced by a longer-term appointment.
The expectation is that former England boss Steve McClaren will take the job in the coming days having left Derby County last month, as reported by The Chronicle - but they also suggest that Newcastle have had interest from other managers recently.
The report states that Ajax boss Frank de Boer wanted to talk to Newcastle about the role but the Magpies weren't interested, despite de Boer having won four Eredivisie titles in five seasons, with the 45-year-old establishing himself as one of the top young emerging coaches in Europe.
De Boer isn't the only former Barcelona player to have allegedly wanted negotiations with Newcastle, as The Chronicle also report that ex-Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup was also interested in the role, but met the same fate as de Boer.
Newcastle weren't interested in either because they were convinced that McClaren is the man for them - and with an appointment seemingly imminent, McClaren could finally have the chance to manage in the Premier League for the first time since leaving Middlesbrough in 2006.