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Newcastle ‘launches talks with Marc Overmars on adding Ajax boss to Magpies as football director’

Newcastle ‘launches talks with Marc Overmars about adding the Ajax boss to Magpies as football director … and wants to bring Erik ten Hag to St James’ as replacement for Steve Bruce’

  • Newcastle’s Saudi owners are in the early stages of a transformation into St James’
  • They’re looking for a transfer manager to guide their assault on soccer’s top prizes.
  • Marc Overmars sold £ 600 million of talent at Ajax and developed top stars
  • Overmars signing could open the door for Erik ten Hag to follow


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Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Hakim Ziyech – Marc Overmars has developed and sold some of Ajax’s best talent. Now Newcastle is lining it up to plan its transformation into a super club.

Top of the new Magpies owners’ wish list is a new manager and enough star power to push them out of the drop zone, having fired Steve Bruce and set their sights on shaking up the Premier League after a £ 300 million acquisition.

Overmars, the former speedy winger for Arsenal, Barcelona and Ajax, rejoined the Dutch champions in 2012 as director of football and the club’s plan to develop talent and dominate domestically is thriving.

Newcastle has approached Marc Overmars to become their football director

Newcastle has approached Marc Overmars to become their football director

Saudi ownership, with Amanda Staveley as its public face, points to a transformation

Saudi ownership, with Amanda Staveley as its public face, points to a transformation

Saudi ownership, with Amanda Staveley as its public face, points to a transformation

Newcastle’s new owners have cash to spend, but rebuilding needs careful management. Overmars is a prominent candidate and talks have begun between the parties, according to the Mirror.

The 48-year-old is reportedly interested and could trigger a clause in his deal with Ajax, which runs until 2024, that allows him to retire three months early for an elite European club.

The Premier League team could kill two birds with one stone, as Overmars is keen to bring Ajax manager Erik ten Hag to England.

The Dutchman has lifted two Eredivisie titles and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, but opted to pass up Tottenham’s offer in the summer.

Magpies should be carefully kept away from the downhill battle with January moves.

Magpies should be carefully kept away from the downhill battle with January moves.

Magpies should be carefully kept away from the downhill battle with January moves.

Overmars developed characters like Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek in their role at Ajax.

Overmars developed characters like Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek in their role at Ajax.

Overmars developed characters like Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek in their role at Ajax.

Such strong ties to the Ajax talent pool could prove useful for Newcastle, as the clubs they now aim to compete with – Chelsea, Juventus, Barcelona, ​​Man United – have attacked the Dutch side in recent years.

Overmars helped detect, develop and sell £ 600 million of talent over nine years in Amsterdam, including £ 65 million from De Jong, £ 68 million from De Ligt, Davidson Sanchez for £ 43 million, Donny van de Beek for £ 40 million and £ 40 million. 37 million for Hakim Ziyech.

He has competition for the Newcastle role, however, with Liverpool boss Michael Edwards set to leave Anfield in late 2021/22 after overseeing the Reds’ resurgence, and Lille manager Luis Campos.

The Portuguese transfer master is famous for his time in Monaco, developing Kylian Mbappé, Bernardo Silva and Fabinho.

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