Newcastle Linked With Frank de Boer As New Manager


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.

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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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55 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #1

    I think there are many many very good managers who would jump at managing a PL club.

    If you like AP, fair enough. But saying nobody good would want to come here is just not right.

    On balance, I think we’re about ready for a change. We haven’t been able to kick on, we are too up and down.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    There are plenty of reasons as to why Pards would head off to Palace. Family live in London, a club he holds close to his heart, a club with fans that hold him in high regard, more money, an escape from the pressure of the ‘goldfish bowl’, to name but a few.

    I’m not saying he will, although I’d be surprised if he wasn’t interested. I’ve seen figures of £3.5million, £5million and £6million touted as the required amount for releasing him from his contract. To Palace that is a sizeable chunk of cash, and would surely be better spent bolstering their squad? Anyway, I’m sure we will know more today, as Pards has pre match media duties tomorrow so I think any deal will be pretty much finalised before that if it is going ahead.

    As for replacements, manager recruitment isn’t all that different to players. If you do your homework you can pick up a fairly unknown for small amounts of cash that is a very good manager. But have we been doing that homework, maybe, but I’d think it unlikely. There are plenty of young high quality coaches out there if we look, but whether Ashley has the knowledge, or the people in place to do so is pretty unlikely.

    I personally don’t see Ashley making a play for a top European manager who is in a job, although I think it is foolish to say they wouldn’t be interested. I imagine someone like De Boer would view it as an opportunity to showcase himself to a wider audience and at a more competitive level. Similar to Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko etc before moving on to one of the elite.

    Finally, we are on to Ashley’s most likely method of recruitment – the people he already knows. O’Leary, Hoddle, Poyet, Wise, Kinnear and Beardsley all spring to mind immediately on this list. None of those fill me with much/any confidence.

    I fully expect Beardsley to be promoted. we did bring in a coach who has been working with Beardsley in the development and also seeing U18’s brought through to development in the summer. A very highly qualified coach at that, so it would not be a difficult transition for him to assume Beardo’s responsibilities.

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  • TheToonKing

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    i have no idea what is going on but De Boer is favorite with the bookies now, at really low odds at that…..

    I don’t favor the idea of Pardew leaving now, but i woBut horrified if it’s someone like Pulis, Hodle, Curbishley , Steve Bruce, Tony Mowbray etc.

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    on the issue of holding/shirt pulling, anybody remember MYM getting penalised for holding Eto’o at a freekick last season? Led to a pen against us but its amazing how its almost been left to the “ref’s discretion” until now. Some punish it, others let it slide. FA sort it out or the attackers will, maybe like Cisse did

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus
    previous threads
    Toon being Jekyll and Hyde team – agree- said to my son after yesterday’s game…
    I can’t work out if we are a bad team playing good or a good team playing bad.
    De Boer – suppose it would make sense – seam to have a love-in with dutch players at the moment

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    TheToonKing,
    What odds, and which bookies?

    I’m always sceptical with Skybet, they seem to put stories on SSN, drop the odds slightly, increase stories on SSN, lots of money dropped by sports viewers only for it to never have even been an option. They do it regularly with transfer stories.

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  • TheToonKing

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    @Lilongwe Geordie

    http://www.oddschecker.com/football/football-specials/newcastle/next-permanent-manager

    It is probably influenced by stories and whatnot, but something is definitely up.

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Lion
    If u so certain about Beardsley get your pound on him at 33
    Is it worth a punt
    I think not

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #9

    TheToonKing,
    Not Skybet then. Interesting that De Boer and Benitez are the only two shortening in the market. However I don’t think the odds really tell us much at the moment, if PArdew is confirmed as gone I imagine they would change almost immediately and quite substantially.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Yorky,
    I stuck £20 on him at 33’s back in February.

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Lion
    Don’t spend it yet
    Ha ha

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Pardew was 20/1 with most bookies when I got up yesterday morning. These markets change very quickly, they are incredibly fluid and generally not worth using as a guide.

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  • Klam3r

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #13

    This is my wet dream!

    I wouldn’t expect us to play both wonderful and effective football immediatly, but after some months… What a coup he will….would be 😉

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  • sparky55

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s just another headline by Ed to attract us to the blog.

    There is no foundation to this claim whatsoever…all supposition.

    Pardew doesn’t want to be here…there’s no doubt about that, but he’s just a money grabbing gambling addicted cockney tw@t in debt to the owner who won’t give up his big pay day for anything…so unless he grows a conscience in the next couple of days or has a reality a check and realises 4 more years of being the most hated man on the planet is not worth the hassle or money anymore then there’s no chance he’ll take the job.

    This has got nothing to do with being close to his family or having connections with CP because Pardew is a scum bag who hoars himself around at every opportunity…it’s all about how much of the settlement fee agreed between CP and NUFC will go to him.

    He has debts so it’s all about what’s left over. If he can get back on the train south and owe nothing to Ashley and Ashley pays nowt to him, the the deal can be done…let’s see shall we.

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Lion
    Of course they move
    But not usually from 20 to odds on unless someone knows something or someone with more money than sense fancied a speculative punt

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  • scout

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #16

    de boer in haha ne chance lads. Try the Bournemouth manager

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  • scout

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #17

    ring up any bookie and try and have a grand on the next manager market. They wont even take it, its all a big publicity stunt. They only want little bets.

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Scout
    Eddie would be great but he could not settle in burnley it was too North for his family he waiting for a London job

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #19

    yorky,
    That wasn’t the point I was making, I’m saying the odds for our next manager aren’t worth using as a guide. Most of them have been around the same figures for nearly a year now, despite some of them since taking new jobs.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Well 71% of chronicle voters want him gone. I can’t believe there are people on here getting cold feet on him leaving after a nervous win against an Everton team below us in the league and in some kind of crisis. Five minutes into the game and he was heading to equal the worst consecutive games record for the third time. After four years of the worst kind of football a manager can serve up and nearly every unwanted record smashed, now is not the time to worry who could be worse.

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  • scout

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #21

    He certainly has them knocking the leather off the ball Yorky

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Scout
    So what is the logic of pardew being made odds on how does that attract bets

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Whats your view on Steve Mclaren? Will still have lots of contacts in Dutch football and with our new Dutch obsession…thoughts?

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  • RonVanDam

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Well 6m is a big chunk to break a managers contract.
    I wouldn’t mind taking gayle or bolasie plus 1m from palace

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  • scout

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Ive been the first one to knock Pardew but 9th in the table after a 1.2 million net spend deserved some credit. Doesn’t matter how hes done it.
    Its a good position for a man who isnt being backed on transfers, people on here saying we should be top 4 are cuckoos

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Scout
    Too right he one for the future
    While we talk betting
    Put a tenner on him managing arsenal in the next ten years

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  • Klam3r

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Jail for Ashley
    Last sentence made me laugh. Good post!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #28

    There’s a few different papers with the FDB story, none of them have spoken to him funnily enough.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #29

    Sparky,
    None of the settlement fee would go to him. Why would it? This is compensation for buying out his contract, not a golden handshake.

    He will probably get more money at Palace then here, and with the promise of a payout if it goes wrong for him and he gets sacked. Rather than having to put up with abuse from all angles from fans, and being shafted by an owner who is apathetic to club performance all for what was the lowest managerial basic wage in the Prem until Burnley came up.

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  • scout

    Dec 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #30

    well if they left him at 10/1 and took 50 tenners its a fair payout. So at 1/2 its much less damaging to the book.

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #31

    But I am not sure they will get any tenders at odds on
    That’s the point

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #32

    yorky,
    But if it was likely why would they want anyone to bet?? They want to make those who are less likely more attractive so that people back them and lose. There aim isn’t to encourage people backing something that could happen.

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  • scout

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Bookies dont create a book to attract people its all about probability. If you have a 4 horse race every horse should be 3/1, they all then have an equal chance. Bookies manipulate the market so its in there favour.

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  • sparky55

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #34

    A club paying compensation to a club for taking their manager and the amount of money that goes to the manager moving are two separate negotiations and that’s how the overall compensation figure is calculated.

    This will never be a normal transaction or calculation because of Pardews debts to Ashley.

    If his debts had been paid back in full he would have gone by now therefore tricky negotiations to be had and Ashley being a cold hard b@st@rd won’t make this easy for pardew because they are by no means best buddies

    FDB is a joke…if he goes it’ll be a nobody but I’m very happy for that so long as it’s a nobody who can coach

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #35

    It think we saying the same thing
    Someone knows something

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  • scout

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #36

    The average punter is a mug, take a treble on football theres 27 outcomes, you only have 1 and the bookie has the other 26.
    Yet every pub in the land is full of mugs who have 5 and 6 folds.

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  • Klam3r

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #37

    While we’re at it we should try and get Martin Ødegaard and promise him a place in the first team 🙂 I’m so glad I can dream about these things and not look at these rumors(Frank de Boer) in a negative way. Last night and this morning has been wonderful and I hope it continues!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #38

    Sparky55,
    What proof do you have about gambling debts or that Richard Gough was a child molester.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #39

    good riddance to bad rubbish off you go percy pecker

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  • sparky55

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #40

    Everyone in the game knows he’s in debt and no I don’t have camera footage or a copy of the debt agreement or the repayment schedule

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