Newcastle owners’ shake up continues as they identify Marc Overmars for new role

Newcastle’s £305million Saudi-led takeover of the club was completed earlier this month and the new owners have already begun their radical overhaul at St James’ Park

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Newcastle’s new owners are reportedly set to continue their radical restructure of the club by bringing in Marc Overmars as director of football.

Overmars is currently the technical director at Ajax, where he has been praised for his transfer policies at the Dutch giants.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star, who took up the role in 2012, currently has a deal with Ajax until 2024 and has so far been unwilling to comment on the matter.

According to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf,Newcastle are interested in Overmars for the new role.

Overmars spotted the potential of Ajax No 1 Andre Onana in 2015 and subsequently convinced the club to snap him up for a little less than £170,000 from Barcelona.

Marc Overmars is the current director of football at Ajax, a role he has held since 2012


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Since then, Onana has gone from strength to strength at Ajax, which has seen him become the subject of interest from some of European football’s biggest names.

Overmars was also the brains behind the deal which saw Frenkie de Jong join the club for just £1 back in 2015.

After being given his chance to impress, De Jong quickly established himself as a mainstay in the side.

The midfielder was also part of the squad that was moments away from reaching the Champions League final, had they not thrown away a three-goal lead against Tottenham in the semi-final.

De Jong’s performances were enough to convince Barcelona to shell out £63m to sign the Dutchman and ensure Ajax and Overmars made a huge profit on him in the process.

Overmars’ ability to spot talent is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed over the years, with other European heavyweights reportedly keen on bringing him to their club.

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Marc Overmars played for the Gunners between 1997 and 2000


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The former winger had an illustrious playing career which saw him win the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, as well as the Premier league title with Arsenal in 1998.

The Dutchman hung up his boots in 2009 and two years later took up a post with Ajax’s youth team, before being promoted to his current role a year later.

Overmars has overseen the re-rise of Ajax since re-joining the club, but Newcastle could be set to snatch him from their grasp.

Should the Magpies convince Overmars to move back to England, then they will be hoping he can pull off similar feats to those he has achieved while at Ajax.

Steve Bruce lost his job at Newcastle on Wednesday


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The latest developments come after Steve Bruce’s two-year spell on Tyneside came to an end on Wednesday after being deemed surplus to requirements.

Newcastle are now on the lookout for a new manager with several candidates set to be considered for the role.

The current frontrunner is Paulo Fonseca, who was previously in charge of Roma, before departing the Italian side in the summer.

Bruce’s assistant, Graeme Jones, will be in charge for the trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, but the Magpies will be hoping to have the managerial vacancy sorted in the near future.

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