Last April when Tottenham were after Ajax manager Frank de Boer, he famously called Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle United sleeping giants in England – and while he did not get the Tottenham job and had just signed a new contract when Liverpool were interested in him a few years ago – the head coach job at the moment is open at Newcastle – so maybe it will be third time lucky for Frank to coach a sleeping giant?
Frank de Boer – is he hinting he wants Newcastle job
Certainly the fact that Newcastle are making it clear the club will not appoint a head coach until the summer, will alert those who were genuinely interested in the job this month, to stay tuned – and Frank de Boer could even become Newcastle’s first choice if we do indeed wait until the summer.
When Spurs wanted him last April he would only talk to them at the end of the season, and this is what he said in late April last year:
“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.”
And this is what Frank has said recently to Sky Sports about his future management ambitions, and it’s basically an update on the above comment:
“I would like to manage in England but also Germany and the Spanish league because they are the three best leagues in the world, so I would like to get that experience.”
“Two years ago, I was very honoured that Liverpool asked me if I was interested in the job. There were still other candidates also.” “But I just signed a new contract and I said ‘You are too early at this moment’.”
“Tottenham, last year, I was one of the candidates and in the end they chose Pochettino and all respect to the choice.” “There were two clubs that I was quite interested in.”
“Newcastle are a sleeping giant, with a great stadium and most loyal fans, but what else can I say?” “I’ll be with Ajax for the remainder of the season anyway.” “I will consider a move, if any, in the summer, but only when a great club shows an interest.”
What else can he say indeed – not much if Newcastle do not contact him – which would mean he’s not being considered for the Newcastle job.
But the way things stand at the moment – Newcastle would be silly if they didn’t at least ask The Dutchman if he would be interested in the Newcastle job.
He would certainly be a popular choice with Newcastle fans – but would he put up with the significant restraints placed on the head coach at Newcastle by owner Mike Ashley?
But it will also have helped Newcastle’s search for a new coach that Newcastle’s financial figures for the last financial year ended last June 30th are terrific, and the revenue of over £129M is the highest ever by almost £30M, has us as the 19th richest club in the world, and our commercial revenues were up 50% year on year.
We need a top coach like Frank de Boer at Newcastle for next season and that would excite the fans – for sure.
And maybe he could wake Newcastle up?
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