A fresh insight into Newcastle’s managerial hunt, and in particular the potential appointment of Erik ten Hag, has been provided over the last 24 hours.
The news which the Magpies faithful had been awaiting for several weeks of course finally arrived in the middle of last week.
This came in the form of the departure of long-time boss Steve Bruce.
On the back of the big-money takeover at St. James’ Park, it had long been viewed as more a case of when, rather than if Bruce would be sent packing, ahead of a potentially prosperous new era on Tyneside.
In turn, after the club’s defeat to Tottenham last weekend, the definitive decision was made that the Englishman no longer represented the right man to lead Newcastle forward.
It was therefore announced that Bruce’s two-year stint in the North East of England had officially been brought to an end on Wednesday afternoon:
ten Hag latest
News of Bruce’s exit, meanwhile, has since given rise to rampant speculation surrounding just who is set to be chosen as the man to replace the 60-year-old in the Magpies dugout.
A whole host of names have been tipped for the role of late, with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca currently viewed as the front-runner.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Paulo Fonseca, Manager of Shakhtar Donetsk looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
As outlined above, though, over the last 24 hours, an insight has been provided into the possibility of an alternative target, in the form of Erik ten Hag, taking up the reins at St. James’.
The tactician in question? Erik ten Hag.
Highly-regarded Dutchman ten Hag is of course currently in charge of Eredivisie giants Ajax in his home country, the club with whom the 51-year-old has built a reputation for himself as one of European football’s most gifted tactical minds.
In turn, it should come as little surprise to hear that ten Hag is one of the names under consideration on the part of the incoming brass at Newcastle.
Speaking to the media after guiding his side to a remarkable 5-0 downing of arch rivals PSV Eindhoven on Sunday, just days after overseeing a 4-0 drubbing of Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, the one-time FC Twente star was therefore drawn on his future.
Ten Hag, though, was keen to reiterate his commitment to the project at Ajax, explaining:
‘When I extended my contract with Ajax, I said: ‘I think we have a team that we can develop’.
‘We want to annoy the European top teams. We’re on our way, let me put it this way.’
As per Lee Ryder of the Chronicle, even in the case that Newcastle’s new owners did manage to convince ten Hag of the merits of a move to the North East of England, the Geordie outfit would still be required to fork over a considerable compensation package to their counterparts at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
This comes with the Dutchman still having two years to run on his contract with Ajax.