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Newcastle United are ‘struggling to attract Erik ten Hag to St James’ while the Ajax manager ‘has concerns’

Newcastle’s new owners are ‘struggling to lure Erik ten Hag to St James’ as the Ajax boss’ has reservations about the Magpies’ relegation plight’

  • Newcastle’s new owners have explored the possibility of attracting Erik ten Hag to the club
  • The magpies would be willing to pay you a gross salary of just over £ 11 million.
  • But the Ajax boss is reluctant to leave because he is worried about the task.
  • Newcastle is also said to target Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars


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Newcastle are targeting Erik ten Hag to replace Steve Bruce, but the new owners are scrambling to lure the Ajax boss to St James’ Park.

The Magpies are keen to make the Dutchman one of the highest paid coaches in the Premier League, willing to pay him £ 6 million a year after tax, a gross salary of just over £ 11 million.

But the Saudi takeover, including director Amanda Staveley, is struggling to persuade him to make the switch to Tyneside as the search for Bruce’s predecessor enters its second week.

Newcastle is keen to make Erik ten Hag one of the highest paid bosses in the Premier League

Newcastle is keen to make Erik ten Hag one of the highest paid bosses in the Premier League

The club's new owners, Newcastle managers Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi at Crystal Palace, are struggling to convince the Ajax boss to accept Magpies' job.

The club's new owners, Newcastle managers Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi at Crystal Palace, are struggling to convince the Ajax boss to accept Magpies' job.

The club’s new owners, Newcastle managers Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi at Crystal Palace, are struggling to convince the Ajax boss to accept Magpies’ job.

The 51-year-old has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s best emerging coaches, winning two Dutch titles and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019 and leaving Ajax for Newcastle, given his position, would be a risk.

Ten Hag is reluctant to take Newcastle’s job, as he worries about the enormity of the task he would face just to keep the magpies in the top flight, according to Mirror.

The Dutch manager declines to comment on suggestions that the Saudi Public Investment Fund wants him to become Toon’s boss, but Saturday’s loss to Chelsea will not have helped the situation.

Magpies' search for Steve Bruce's successor has entered a second week after he left the club

Magpies' search for Steve Bruce's successor has entered a second week after he left the club

Magpies’ search for Steve Bruce’s successor has entered a second week after he left the club

‘Will it be the Champions League or the Championship? That is the question that concerns Ten Hag, ” a source told The Mirror.

“At the moment he is the first of the group with Ajax in the Champions League and he can be sure to take them to the round of 16 in 2022.”

A trade to Newcastle from Ajax would be a risk for Ten Hag

A trade to Newcastle from Ajax would be a risk for Ten Hag

A trade to Newcastle from Ajax would be a risk for Ten Hag

The Magpies plunged deeper into a relegation battle over the weekend, but Newcastle is poised to outfit their new coach with a massive war chest in the January transfer window.

But it may not be enough to secure Ten Hag’s services, as Barcelona’s firing of Ronald Koeman and serious doubts about Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s future at Manchester United have complicated Newcastle’s chances.

Ten Hag is on the final list for the Catalans as they struggle to bring priority goal Xavi to the Camp Nou due to his contract with Qatari club Al Sadd.

The 51-year-old is also on United’s radar as Solskjaer grows closer and closer to an Old Trafford exit.

Ten Hag has already turned down offers of three jobs in the Bundesliga, an Italian club and Tottenham because they did not fit his plans.

Newcastle is also targeting Ajax’s highly skilled sporting director Marc Overmars and if they manage to get him to Tyneside it could give them an edge over Ten Hag’s other suitors.

Newcastle's new owners are also said to target Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars.

Newcastle's new owners are also said to target Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars.

Newcastle’s new owners are also said to target Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars.

Ajax have declined to comment on the future of Ten Hag and Overmars, but are concerned that their season could be derailed.

‘Overmars has made Ajax move to great heights with his vision. That process is not over for a while yet, ” said Ten Hag, who claimed that he had not spoken to the sporting director about Newcastle at a weekly press conference.

Also in the running for Newcastle’s position are former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca, who held talks with the club’s officials last week, as well as Roberto Martinez, Frank Lampard and Lucien Favre.

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