Frank De Boer has been interviewed at the Ajax training camp in Doha, the Dutch league not kicking off until next weekend after the winter shut down.
The Ajax boss asked specifically whether he was interested in the Newcastle job, to which he replied that United were a ‘sleeping giant’ with great fans & facilities, but it wan’t a job he was ‘aspiring’ to.
However, he then added that while there was no way he was leaving the Amsterdam club before the end of the season, he did say that if a club then (at the end of the season) approached him that grabbed his interest, he WOULD look at it then.
“Newcastle of course is a sleeping giant with fantastic supporters and great facilities.
“I feel honoured to be linked (to Newcastle) but no, it is not a club that I’m aspiring to.”
6 months time;
“But at this moment I am not thinking about this at all, all my energies are going into this training camp and the next 6 months.
“If there is a club that then comes that I then want to go to, I will look at it again.”
Whether Newcastle could/would be a club he would aspire to in the summer is surely questionable, having won the Dutch League four years in a row and overseen regular Champions League football. Plus at Ajax he oversees all transfer activity, both in and out.
Why then would he swap it for a club where he will have no say on transfers and who have a stated aim of not making cups a priority, plus making it clear that playing in Europe is simply an inconvenience?
To attract somebody like Frank De Boer would surely take a 180 degree turn by Mike Ashley in the way he runs the club.
In his reply to the Newcastle question, De Boer has seemingly used the moment to both reassure Ajax fans he isn’t going anywhere this season, while at the same time alerting ambitious clubs that he could be available in the summer if they make themselves an attractive proposition.
Presumably this includes showing ambition and money to spend on players Frank De Boer would choose. Not exactly the path Mike Ashley is going down with this stretched out looking for a new ‘head coach’ scenario.