Newcastle offered to attract Erik ten Hag from Ajax


Newcastle United are ready to launch a daring bid to take Ajax coach Erik ten Hag to the Premier League, according to a report.

The Magpies’ new owner is looking for Steve Bruce’s replacement, after relieving him of his duties following the 3-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. Paulo Fonseca and Steven Gerrard have both been linked with a move to Tyneside, but a new name has emerged in the race.

The Daily Mail reports that Newcastle want to make Ten Hag their new manager, and they are “willing” to offer the Ajax boss £ 6 million a year after tax to tempt him away from Amsterdam. A gross salary of £ 11 million would make him the third highest paid coach in England, after top-ranked Pep Guardiola and second-placed Jurgen Klopp.

90min understands that third parties have been busy trying to create interest between the club and Ten Hag, but little progress has been made in hitting a deal or convincing him to leave the Netherlands.

Despite the lucrative offer, Ten Hag is actually believed to have reservations about moving on from Ajax. He has become an incredibly sought-after coach, having worked wonders with an ever-changing Ajax team, and his style of play has won praise across Europe.

Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie titles during his time at the helm and brought them to a whim of the Champions League final in 2019. These heroism has inspired other clubs to try to secure his services, but no one has found any success so far.

Tottenham Hotspur tried to hire Ten Hag last summer, but he rejected the possibility of replacing Jose Mourinho at White Hart Lane. Moving to relegation-threatened Newcastle would pose an even greater risk to the Dutchman given their precarious position in the Premier League.

Newcastle are currently sneaking into the top three in the top flight, and although they can boast huge financial support after the Saudi takeover, there are still plenty of concerns about the club’s short-term future.

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