Newcastle line up Arsenal legend Marc Overmars as technical director after decade of transfer success with Ajax

NEWCASTLE are lining up Arsenal legend Marc Overmars to take over as technical director after the Dutchman’s decade-long success at Ajax.

Overmars’ approach to transfers is greatly admired.

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And according to De Telegraaf, the Magpies want to bring Overmars back to England to be their technical director.

However, the 48-year-old has a contract at the Dutch champions until the summer of 2024.

Overmars has previously been linked with two of his former clubs, Arsenal and Barcelona.

Manchester United have also shown an interest in the Dutch legend.

The report says Overmars is a strong candidate for Newcastle, who have aspirations of being as big as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Atletico Madrid’s sporting director Andrea Berta is also a target for the Premier League side.


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The highly respected Ralf Rangnick has also been linked with the role, despite having a wealth of experience in management.

Newcastle are keen on building the foundations for success, by hiring people who share the consortium’s dreams and aspirations.

Asked about the sporting director position earlier this week, Amanda Staveley, who now owns 10 per cent of the club, said: “We have thought about sporting directors and directors of football but we need to sit down with our board and look at what we have today.

“You can bring in the best sporting director in the world but you’ve got no infrastructure.

“Your medical staff, your training facilities, they need really heavy investment and that’s what we need to know at every single level.

“We need to attract people to work with us as well who share our dream and will do that.”

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