When Alan Pardew left Newcastle United for Crystal Palace, Ajax boss Frank de Boer was quickly linked with a move to St. James Park.
And many said he wouldn’t come to England on account of it being inside of a season. It was said de Boer wouldn’t want to leave Ajax midseason nor inherit someone else’s mess.
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De Boer, 44, confirmed that on Thursday and, when asked if Newcastle would be a possibility after the season, said he was open to anything.
De Boer has suggested he could be available come June. Asked if he would consider relocating to Tyneside the 44-year-old former Holland captain appeared to drop Mike Ashley a hint. “I have everything open,” said the Ajax head coach.
“But I will be ready that’s for sure. I only said if they asked I don’t go now because I am with Ajax and I don’t want to go halfway through a season while also stepping into a team that are already halfway too. So, for me, if there will be a chance it is always in the new season.”
De Boer also said that he was flattered to be linked to the most recent openings at Liverpool and Tottenham, and that he wants to eventually wind up in England, Germany or Spain.
Newcastle has a number of Dutch players, including former Ajax midfielder Siem de Jong. If the Magpies wait out the year with John Carver in charge, a marriage with De Boer could make sense for both sides.