Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag has been urged to ignore the interest from Newcastle United because he should be managing a ‘top club’.
Ten Hag is believed to be on Newcastle’s shortlist as they seek a replacement for Steve Bruce, who was sacked last week.
A long list of managers have been named as potential targets, with the Magpies keen to hire a big name and make a splash following their takeover by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
Ten Hag has quickly found himself towards the top of the list because of Newcastle’s apparent interest in Ajax chief Marc Overmars.
He’s seemingly the number one candidate to take charge as the Director of Football at St James Park and would like to bring Ten Hag, who he has enjoyed great success alongside in the Netherlands, with him.
Whether that happens remains to be seen, although the latest reports suggest Overmars will take up the opportunity.
That will sit well with critic Hugo Borst, who believes that the Ajax boss should be setting his sights much higher.
“His next club should really be a top club. Chelsea, for instance, because I think Bayern Munich is still a while away,” he told the AD Voetbalpodcast.
“I would welcome that (a long stay at Ajax). If Ajax keeps working with those enormous salaries, they can keep getting special players.
“Like Tadic and Haller now. Suppose Ten Hag stays ten years as trainer, then it can be quite spectacular.”