We still don’t know how much truth there is about Alan Pardew being keen on joining one of his former clubs, Crystal Palace, but the plot thickens and Newcastle now wait to see if there’s any formal approach from Crystal Palace in the next day or two.
Frank de Boer – Ajax manager
Pardew didn’t speak with the press after the 3-2 win against Everton yesterday, and the interpretation of that is he didn’t want to be questioned about the Palace job, and hence all the speculation.
But it would be strange if Alan does move in the middle of the season after owner Mike Ashley has been so loyal to him this year under very difficult conditions.
If Alan does go and Crystal Palace are willing to pay up to £6M to Newcastle in compensation for Pardew breaking his eight year contract, which still have over five years to run, then we’ll need to bring in another manager – and quickly too.
The Croydon Advertiser is reporting that their sources are saying that Pardew is all set to replace former manager Neil Warnock, who was sacked on Saturday morning.
Newcastle are immediately being linked with 44 year-old Ajax manager Frank de Boer – and after the success of former Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman at Southampton, Frank would be a great manager for Newcastle.
Frank was a tremendous world-class player in his day, and he has smoothly moved into management at Ajax, where he has had the Dutch powerhouse top of the league every season, and his team also plays attractive flowing football.
Currently Ajax are second top of the Eredivisie four points behind PSV.
Having come through the Ajax Academy himself, he is also perfectly suited to bringing young players through the ranks – which is a major priority at Newcastle.
In short, it would appear Frank de Boer would be a perfect manager for Newcastle United, but its also doubtful we could get him in m id-season.
Frank was linked with the Tottenham job earlier this year, and he said he would only talk to Spurs after the season ended, and it’s at that time that he said clubs like Tottenham and Newcastle United were sleeping giants:
“I would like to add something to a club like Brendan Rodgers did at Liverpool. I see a perspective at Tottenham Hotspur, just as Liverpool and Newcastle United sometimes are, they are sleeping giants.”
We hope that Newcastle are indeed interested in getting Frank de Boer to Newcastle.
We should know at the latest tomorrow, whether these rumors about Alan are true – because he’s due to give his press conference for the Burnley game tomorrow.
Newcastle would be put in a difficult position if Alan Pardew does walk away in the middle of the season – and to a smaller club.
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