Newcastle are facing a battle to land one of their primary managerial targets after sources revealed question marks behind the club’s situation.
According to The Mirror’s sources, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that Newcastle will be able to land another of their targets; Erik ten Hag.
This update is a fresh twist to the tale after it was made apparent that Marc Overmars could move to the Premier League and bring his Ajax colleague with him.
The biggest concerns for the 51-year-old lie in the club’s league position with Newcastle currently locked in a relegation battle.
One source told the newspaper: “Will it be Champions League or Championship? That is the question that bothers Ten Hag.
“Right now he is top of the group with Ajax in the Champions League and he can be sure of taking them into the knockout stages in 2022.”
Thus, the Magpies will need to do a lot of work in order to convince him to sign on the dotted line. Given Ajax’s success, that seems unlikely.
Newcastle fans will surely be rather deflated by this news.
After all, this week it looked as though Amanda Staveley and co would really step up their attempts to replace Steve Bruce at St James’ Park.
The 60-year-old left the club by mutual consent over a week ago but with Graeme Jones failing to win a game after being handed the reigns on an interim basis, the need for a new permanent head coach has only been heightened.
With that in mind, the news that Ten Hag is unlikely to be appointed should be a crushing blow to the Toon Army.
After all, he is a wonderful coach who could bring a great deal to Newcastle.
His work with Ajax has been incredibly eye-catching, guiding the Amsterdam club to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2018/19 while bringing through some incredible talents in the Dutch capital.
The likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Sergino Dest, Hakim Ziyech, Donny van de Beek and Frenkie de Jong all rose to prominence under Ten Hag.
That proves that he has an eye for talent, something that would be invaluable when it comes to spending the vast sum of riches now at Newcastle’s disposal.
The Ajax tactician isn’t only adept when it comes to recruitment and the guidance of young players, but he’s also capable on the field of play.
Since joining the Dutch giants, he has won the Eredivisie on two occasions and even came fourth in FIFA’s Manager of the Year for 2019.
Therefore, to lose out on a coach like that will no doubt leave supporters gutted. PIF must do all they can to secure him as their first major piece of business.