Late last week, a report from The Netherlands had Ajax Sporting Director Marc Overmars on the shortlist for the role at Newcastle. The 48-year-old former Gunner later declined to comment on the speculation.
The Mirror has an exclusive that Overmars has opened talks with Newcastle and would be interested in leading the rebuild. The report also claims sources have indicated he would like to bring Ajax manager Erik ten Hag along with him.
Overmars has held his current role since 2011. He’s helped keep the famous Ajax Academy at the highest level. The Amsterdam club is world-renowned for identifying and developing world-class talent.
Since the arrival of ten Hag, Ajax has resumed its dominance of the Eredivisie. He arrived in December of 2017 after Marcel Keizer was sacked despite being second in the division. Ten Hag couldn’t eclipse PSV, who went on to win the title, which was their 3rd in four years.
The next season ten Hag led Ajax to their first Eredivisie title since 2014. He’s kept them at the top ever since while having a go at the Champions League in 2019, where Lucas Moura’s last-minute goal prevented them from reaching the finals.
Prior to his success with Ajax, the 51-year-old was manager of Utrecht, Bayern Munich’s reserve team, and Go Ahead Eagles. He has two years remaining on his contract whereas Overmars is tied down until 2024.
The report also claims Newcastle’s shortlist for Sporting Director is down to just three candidates. In addition to Overmars, Liverpool’s Michael Edwards and former PSG director Luis Campos round out the list.
Edwards is expected to leave Anfield at the end of the season while Luis Campos left Lille last December. The search for Newcastle’s next manager also continues with Paulo Fonseca garnering much of the headlines last week.
However, interviews are expected to continue this week with Lucien Favre, Eddie Howe, and Roberto Martinez leading the odds along with Fonseca. This could be a monumental week for Newcastle United if we can identify both our new Sporting Director and next manager.