Earlier on Friday, we covered a report in the Dutch media that Marc Overmars could be interested in taking the role of director of football at Newcastle United.

It came from De Telegraaf, and we explained why this could be a ‘come and get me plea’ from the former Arsenal and Barcelona star, who appears to be coming to the end of a cycle at Ajax Amsterdam.

The newspaper stated the transfer chief would ‘honour the request for an interview’ at Newcastle, and should he get the role, it was mooted he could bring Erik ten Hag with him.

Well, the Ajax manager was asked about all this on Friday, and his answer could certainly be seen as one dismissing the claims altogether.

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Relayed by, he said: “The positional of technical director is one for the long term. Marc set things in motion a few years ago. He did this from a certain vision, he introduced structure and managed. It’s started to grow and I don’t think the process is over yet.

“Marc hasn’t informed me [about the Newcastle interest]. I don’t think he’s withholding anything from me either. I’m not working on [going to Newcastle] and now is definitely not the time”.

As things stand, Ajax are in a good position in the league, sitting top of the table after nine games, winning seven, drawing one and losing the other, and are one point ahead of closest rivals PSV Eindhoven.

They have also started strongly in the Champions League, winning all three of their games, including a recent 4-0 thrashing of Borussia Dortmund.

Would it make sense for both Overmars and ten Hag to leave all this to try and save Newcastle from relegation?