Pundit wowed by Newcastle offer to in-work manager whose team brilliant to watch

Noel Whelan has backed Newcastle United to appoint a manager who can transform the “philosophy” and “identity” of the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the likes of Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag would completely change the environment on Tyneside.

As reported by the Daily Mail (26th October), Newcastle are lining up an offer to lure Ten Hag from Ajax to the Premier League.

They are reportedly willing to make him the third-highest-paid manager in the division.

Ten Hag has been in charge of the Eredivisie giants since 2017 and has won two league titles and two Dutch Cups.

He extended his contract earlier this year, penning a deal until 2023.

Whelan insisted Newcastle need a manager who can instill a new philosophy at St James’ Park.

He suggested Ten Hag would be the ideal appointment.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The words philosophy and identity, I think there’s what they’ve got to pinpoint first.

“You’ve got to put that in a bubble, that comes first because without those two things, you can’t build a side.

“You’ve got to find the players that are going to fit the identity that you want. The manager starts with that as well, he’s your starting point and he’ll know what identity he wants.

“From the time he’s been Ajax, they’ve played some fantastic football. They’re a team that are attractive to watch, they’ve brought through so many young players.

“That will be beneficial to the academy at Newcastle. He knows what it is to be a successful side through the academy into the first team.

“Rightly so, I think they’re looking at good candidates there. They’re going to look into that attractive style of play which is why they’re going for these kind of managers.

“It’s about getting those jigsaw pieces. Building that philosophy, identity and a side you can put out there on the field.”

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