Newcastle dealt blow as director ‘opts to stay’ at Ajax

Newcastle United have been dealt a blow as Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has “opted to stay” in Holland, according to reports.

The Magpies’ Saudi-led takeover was completed last month. Shortly after this, Steve Bruce was sacked as a consequence of the club’s winless start in the Premier League.

After being linked with the likes of Paulo Fonseca and Unai Emery, Eddie Howe was appointed as Bruce’s successor on Monday.

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This came after he was in the stands for his new club’s 1-1 draw against Brighton on Saturday.

The former Bournemouth manager’s first game in charge is at home against Brentford on November 20.

Howe said that the Newcastle job is a “wonderful opportunity” for him:

“It is a great honour to become head coach of a club with the stature and history of Newcastle United. It is a very proud day for me and my family.

“This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get on to the training ground to start working with the players.

“I would like to thank the club’s owners for this opportunity and thank the club’s supporters for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together.”

Amanda Staveley added: “We have been incredibly impressed by Eddie through what has been a rigorous recruitment process.

“As well as his obvious achievements with AFC Bournemouth, where he had a transformational impact, he is a passionate and dynamic coach who has clear ideas about taking this team and club forward.

“He is a great fit for what we are trying to build here. We are delighted to welcome Eddie and his staff to St James’ Park and very much look forward to working together towards our collective ambitions.”

Newcastle are also eyeing a new director of football. Overmars has been among those targeted for the role in recent weeks. 

The Dutchman spent three years in the Premier League with Arsenal between 1997 and 2000. He returned to Ajax in 2011 after he retired from professional football.

After initially being a youth coach, he became their director of football in 2012. The Athletic are reporting that Overmars will not be joining Newcastle as he has “opted to stay” at Ajax.

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