A major update has emerged on Marc Overmars, regarding the possibility of him joining Newcastle United.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Ajax director of football has opted to reject the chance to return to England with the Magpies, having been at Arsenal during his playing career.
The report claims the Dutchman was one of the club’s top candidates to become the sporting director at St. James’ Park, but he has decided to remain in the Netherlands to continue with the Dutch giants.
Newcastle fans will surely be gutted by this news as it means that Overmars has rejected the club, rather than PIF deciding to go with another option. It was reported earlier this month that he was unlikely to join the Magpies, but it was unclear whether that was down to him or the club.
Ornstein has now made it clear that Overmars has turned down the club’s advances and PIF will now need to scour the globe to find a good alternative. The Dutchman has done a sublime job with Ajax and it is easy to see why he was a top target following the takeover.
Ajax have reached a Champions League semi-final and a Europa League final since Overmars became the director of football, whilst he has also overseen the progression and sales of players like Hakim Ziyech, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt. The Dutch giants are currently top of the Eredivisie and have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, which could be why he has opted against a move to Tyneside as he still riding the crest of a wave in Amsterdam.
His successes at Ajax illustrate exactly why this news could be gutting for not only Newcastle fans, but also their new manager Eddie Howe who was confirmed on Monday. After all, he has proven that he can set up a club to run well as a business, academy and football team, with Ajax selling academy products de Jong and de Ligt for over £150m combined whilst still making progress on the pitch.
Supporters will surely be disappointing that a man with such an impressive background will not be taking over as sporting director at Newcastle. However, it will now be interesting to see who PIF do go with to take the role, with Eddie Howe now confirmed as the club’s new manager.