Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dutch Ace De Boer Sends a 'Come and Get Me' Message - but Will Toon Listen? Ajax Boss Throws His Hat in the Ring as United Continue to Mull over Who Should Take the Reins at St James' Park

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dutch Ace De Boer Sends a 'Come and Get Me' Message - but Will Toon Listen? Ajax Boss Throws His Hat in the Ring as United Continue to Mull over Who Should Take the Reins at St James' Park

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEWCASTLE United are taking their time to make sure they get the right man for the job when it comes to the next head coach.

Were United to appoint Ajax chief Frank De Boer the former Dutch and Barcelona star would tick all the right boxes for the club and the fans.

De Boer was asked the simple question on TV: You might consider Newcastle next season? He replied: "I have everything open. "I would like to manage in England but also in Germany and the Spanish league because they are the three best leagues in the world so I would like to gain that experience."

De Boer then went on to state he was close to the Liverpool and Tottenham jobs in recent times.

He said he was not ready at that time but will be at the end of the season.

So there you have it.

The good old-fashioned "come and get me plea" and a similar shout to that of Ronald Koeman around 12 months ago when he told the world he would leave Feyenoord at the end of last season - and look what happened with Southampton...

Generally, that is the way it is with European coaches - they will not leave mid-season out of respect to their employers.

De Boer effectively made it clear he was done with Ajax after this season, though.

It is now up to clubs to make their move.

De Boer ticks those boxes at Newcastle because he has a respectable playing CV with Barcelona, Ajax, Rangers and Holland.

He would fit into Newcastle's blueprint and bring good football to the table.

He is the biggest name out of the realistic candidates out there.

De Boer was second in the Chronicle poll in terms of popularity was concerned, scoring 30% - just 2% below Remi Garde.

De Boer could also work the system at Newcastle as he is used to selling his star players, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong two fine examples of that - two players he would be reunited with on Tyneside, not to mention fellow Dutchmen Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat who would also be keen to work with him. I spoke to De Boer after the Anita sale and he was happy for him to have a chance in the Premier League. …

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