The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, praised the pair for their “amazing” work with Eredivisie giants Ajax.
As quoted by ChronicleLive (October 24th), mooted Newcastle managerial target Ten Hag said it would take an “exceptional and extraordinary” offer to prise him away from the Amsterdam club.
The publication also links Marc Overmars with the director of football post at St James’ Park, a position he currently holds with Ajax.
Ten Hag’s current deal with the Dutch champions expires at the end of next season.
The pair have been hailed in recent years for their work in bringing through world-class young talent, including global stars Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.
Whelan suggested the two would transition seamlessly into the role with Newcastle due to their previous working relationship.
“They’ll be looking to bring people in who can install a certain brand of football,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“Ajax are traditionally an amazing footballing side, bring
great players through the academy system – so that’s a good direction to be
taking for Newcastle.
“They’ve been around the game for so long and have been working together already. There are no bridges that need to be built.
“They get on well together, know how each other operates and that’s a really good thought process from Newcastle.”
Ajax completed a third consecutive Eredivisie triumph last season.
They sit top of the table again this term, while newly-acquired Newcastle are struggling in the Premier League’s bottom three.
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