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Director Opens Talks With Newcastle And Wants To Bring Dutch Manager Along – Report

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.

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49 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1


  • sparky55

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    All sounds very positive…I wouldn’t say no to any of them except Martinez and Howe

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    So Overmars is not only happy to leave Ajax but also take their manager too?

    Bit soulless, bit of a sociopath is he?

    Ajax fans will love us.

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Jones is a very good coach and should be around the club for years but for a managerial poison I just don’t think it’s there for him.

    Nothing really changed yesterday and I hoped we would try to be a bit more adventurous as we have got the quality in the final third to achieve that, but it didn’t happen.

    We need a new setup of coaches and a manager with the backing of a DOF ASAP

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    DOF is Campos all the way for me, football nerd, attention to detail is pretty much second to none.

    Manager I went for Favre from start but have swayed towards Fonseca.

    Glad the owners are doing their homework, especially with a international break not too far off.

    Manager and DOF in place by then and jobs a goodun

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    catchy in norway

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #198

    what game did you watch, Jones didnt steady any ship, it was poor finishing and VAR.
    3 days? the guy has been there long enough to know our players pretty well.

    as far as im concerned, his big chance was blew yesterday. it was palace not chelsea we were playing, a team that will be mid table, at no time was he telling his players to get out of there own half. his game plan was the same as pardew. rafa, Bruce, defend defend defend, and load the box when we get free kicks and the odd corner.


  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Position ffs

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Maxi isn’t a CF and shouldn’t be played as one. The lad was way more effective off the wings of either side as he has been ever throughout the middle. I don’t know why they can’t see that.

    It’s always about moments in footballs matches and what you can produce and Maxi is way more effective off the wings than anywhere else on the pitch.

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9


    It wasn’t great but it was no where near as bad as a few of you are making out.

    The squad and coaches have been in turmoil for 2 weeks then he gets told Wednesday he’s in charge.

    I wouldn’t have picked the side he did, I would’ve pulled Asm earlier a few of the players were shocking!

    Maybe you can lend Jones your magic wand!

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10


    Absolutely spot on.

    If that was Jones steadying the ship God help us – CP were like a battleship that couldn’t hit an oil tanker from 10 yards – the only reason why we didn’t get sunk without trace.

    Five at the back was wrong, playing Longstaff was wrong, leaving out an in form Jo was wrong, and playing ASM through the middle was wrong.

    I’ll say it agin – if Bruce had of picked that team he’d have got hammered before and after the game – and if he claimed he’d ‘stopped the rot’ as Jones did he’d have been ridiculed.

    Jones has been here long enough to know the players and their strengths and weaknesses – and he put that team out??

    We need a new manger in ASAP.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Keep plugging away, your first posts are always modded. Admin should put them ahead of the most recent comments once they have been vetted.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    These are all the league games we went front foot under Bruce’s tenure. By that I mean not playing a flat back 5. If anyone can name a game I forgot, let me know.

    Season 1
    4231 Sheff Utd (h) 3-0
    4231 Villa (h) 1-1
    4231 Bournemouth (a) 4-1
    4231 West Ham (h) 2-2
    4231 Man City (a) 0-5
    Perhaps in desperation, he bowed to fan pressure to play 4231 and it worked. Then with one crushing defeat to Man City, and seemingly safe from relegation thanks to him playing the formation we wanted, he went back to the flat back 5 that had got us in a scrap, predictably picking up 1 point from the next 4 games.

    Season 2
    Flat back 5 until a run of 2 wins in 20 or whatever it was, putting us once again back into a desperate relegation run. Then Jones came in to change formation to 433.
    433 Everton (a) 2-0
    433 Palace (h) 1-2
    433 Soton (h) 3-2
    Injuries to Wilson and Almiron put an end to Jones’ experiment as we had to go back to a flat back 5, promptly not winning any of the next 6.

    Next front foot run run, once again borne out of desperate times started against Spurs, after player revolt against Bruce where we played the formation Jones used last night. Similar to Bruce’s but with the fullbacks pushed right up high on the pitch and fullbacks drafted into central defence to cover the fullback positions. A back 3 as opposed to a back 5.
    352 Spurs (h) 2-2
    352 Burnley (a) 2-1
    352 West Ham (h) 3-2
    352 Liverpool (a) 1-1
    352 Arsenal (h) 0-2
    352 Leicester (a) 4-2
    352 Man City (h) 3-4
    352 Sheff Utd (h) 1-0
    352 Fulham (a) 2-0
    352 West Ham (h) 2-4

    Once again, desperately being forced into attacking saved our season. Once again, we reverted back to a flat back 5 after a hammering to West Ham. Once again, a big disastrous spell followed, until half time Leeds when Jones came down from the stands

    Leeds 1-1 (1-0 during the point we attacked)
    Watford 1-1
    Wolves 1-2 (0-1 during the point we had an attack minded formation and Bruce was heard shouting 541)

    Once again, we were looking better, but Bruce went back to his 541 that has served him so well these last 23 years.

    So the breakdown of those games we attacked is
    Pl 20, 32pts.
    F38 A28. Gd 10+
    vs flat back 5 games
    Pl 64, 61 pts.
    F56 A111. Gd -55

    Points per game 1.6 vs 0.95
    That would be 61pts per season in the games we played front foot. 38 points in defend for your life mode. The goals conceded is actually far better in the games we attacked too

    This is further compounded by the amount of games Bruce was losing but won at the last moment after throwing on three attackers and going into a desperate attack mode.

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13


    Asm is wasted up front or through middle.

    You want him isolating players and taking them on one on one not having him surrounded constantly.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14


    I generally agree with most of your football posts, but not about yesterday’s game.

    IMO it just shows how personal opinions of Jones and Bruce affect how things are seen…

    A 5-1 CP win wouldn’t have flattered them – a 1-1 draw flattered us massively.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    We need a new manager, we need 11 more points till we can get reinforcements. We have played well about six times since Bruce got here, not sure how people are expecting that to change overnight.

  • hibbit

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    in the position were in a points a point no matter how we got it,

    Amazon have apologized for the late delivery of Jones magic wand

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17


    Not going to disagree with you on not playing Joe or five at the back.

    Spoke about Joe yesterday and I’ve been moaning about five at the back forever.

    Not going to slate him after he’s been dropped in at the deep end.

    By no means pretty but the goal wasn’t being peppered and we didn’t just crumble.

    He changed it for the better a little late for me.

    What he should’ve done is start the game watching from the stands as he normally does so he could adjust the formation.

    I doubt he’s happy with how it went but it wasn’t a car crash.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Zhongguo Geordie

    Very interesting stats.

    Well done.

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19


    No way CP deserved to score 5.

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20


    The more time he has to think the less effective Maxi is. Being effective in the right areas is pivotal. I’d have Maxi on the left and Murphy down the right. Fraser has offered nothing since he has been here and struggled yesterday.

    We are desperate for new recruits

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    You keep blaming the PL for our plight. There is no denying that their decision not to pass the takeover set us back. However, the PL were not to blame for Mike Ashley chasing away a manager with ambitious plans, they were not to blame for Steve Bruce or giving Dwight Gayle a three year deal. They did not come up with the baffling idea of breaking our cash up front policy and buying Willock and only Willock. The PL are not responsible for the 14 years of rot left behind by Mike Ashley.

  • Onalos

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Got to be happy with a point as it could/should have been none, there was never going to be a huge change in the style of play when it’s the same players, still lacking confidence. It doesn’t matter who comes in, it isn’t going to be an overnight transition, it’s going to take a few weeks to install the basics and even longer to perfect the new guys preferred style of play.

    As for the latest management links, more pick a name, chuck it out there, sell newspapers.

    As a supporter, off the field we have everything we could possibly want. Now we just need to trust the ‘process’.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #23

    I think we have it in us to be a comfortable top ten attacking team. Wilson ASM Fraser Almiron Joelinton Murphy are better than most teams in the bottom half have yet many play good football. I’d rather be 14th playing good football, having a good goal difference, than 13th playing defensive football with bad goal difference. But it seems we’d actually do better on all accounts playing attacking.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    I would have taken their hands off for a point before the game. If we can do the same at Brighton, beat Burnley and Norwich and a point a piece against Leicester and Brentford it should give a new manager something to work with in January.

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Raj of Hailsley

    great points which I already new but dont fool yourself into thinking the premier league is a friend of ours it isnt and they have proved this, CAT does that ring a bell and what would have been the information that may have come out of it and the way we have been banned by 18 clubs that we cant advertise our owners companies ect ect does this not concern you because it sure as hell concern me a lot, I could go on and on but to be honest its more exciting making the sunday dinner 😉 🙂

  • Wor B

    Oct 24, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Having watched the match and the highlights, listened to the pundits and read the opinion on here, it’s now clear to me the biggest problem yesterday…

    “Dennis Twice
    Oct 23, 2021 at 2:10 PM
    Comment #2
    Attack Toon attack, attack!”

    Far too early Dennis mate, gotta go in the 15 mins build up to ko.

  • carltoon

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #27

    Surely it’s just about getting the points on board, the way we’ve been playing I thought we’d get beat, so we’ve got another point, I’ve no hopes for anything from the Chelsea game, other than not getting hammered. Jones has said he’s only got the two games, so let’s get behind him. A new manager has a hell of a job to get anything out of these players,

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #28


    thats why I changed my mind about fonseca am back in the farve camp because he has faught relegation battles before and knows the score not to say fonseco doesnt but id rather have safe hands at the minute


    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Referring to the post:

    I would be in dreamland if the consortium hire the two Ajax lads. That would prove to me they intent to take our club to the very pinnacle of world football.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m not saying they are, I’m just saying they’re not responsible for Ashley’s diabolical running of the club.

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Raj of Hailsley

    I agree 🙂

  • Not another deJong

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #32

    Yesterday’s performance made me think it was a waste of an opportunity to play 442. Watching the midfield constantly shuffling sideways to provide cover on the wings, showed the inadequacy of only playing three. In addition Fraser was being asked to push up in attack and the balance of the team was undermined.
    Playing 5 at the back consistently depletes us in other areas of the pitch, especially with make do wing backs. If necessary, Murphy and Lewis should operate there but I would rather see a more balanced approach all over the pitch.
    Playing two up front is seen as providing an attacking threat and a way of pushing the team up the pitch. Whilst it works to a degree, the short blanket just becomes an old tatty rag with holes in.

  • DrGloom

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #33

    Think Jones set us up to not be beaten which happened but it was more by luck than a great defensive display.
    We were truly awful and the whole team set up was poor , ASM is not a striker and is wasted centrally , Fraser is not a defensive mid, Longstaff was worst player on the pitch, Clarke was bullied all game and often out of position …
    We need to try something different against Chelsea as no way will they be so wasteful in front of goal

  • Not another deJong

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #34

    Fraser is definitely a winger not a midfielder

  • simon376

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    Got to say, was there yesterday and an awful game, nobody really played well, but a point away from home is a good point and cant complain about that, but team needs drastic changing to improve

  • carltoon

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36

    So Jones saying Bruce was playing Willock with an injured toe, giving him injections, and he’s still not up to fitness levels, the fact he is stating that they are going to be training Evey day is startling, and proves these players under Bruce are definitely not fit enough, hope a new manager can whip them into shape quickly.

  • carltoon

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #37

    Does it matter who he plays or where, if none of them are fit enough, let’s hope he changes that,

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #38

    Games left apart from the so called big teams..

    Brighton ×2
    Brentford ×2
    Norwich ×2
    Burnley ×2
    Everton ×2
    West ham

    10 wins and a few draws should be achievable from that list..


  • carltoon

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Hibbit, they should have used one day delivery, for the magic wand hope it arrives for the Chelsea game.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 24, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #40

    It must just show what I’ve become accustomed to. I didn’t think that was that bad yesterday 😕


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