The Dutchman was initially linked to the vacancy early last week, as reported by the Chronicle, but chatter surrounding has died off somewhat since then.
This is a real positive for Newcastle. He may not be the first name that jumps out at you as a potential replacement for Rafa Benitez, but his record speaks for itself. Since 2015, he has won a Dutch title, two Dutch cups, and two Dutch super-cups, and has amassed an impressive 1.99 points per game [Transfermarkt]. What’s more, he has done that on a relatively tight budget over in the Netherlands, so the financial restraints he would no doubt face at Newcastle would be second nature to him. If you then factor in the fact that he worked his way up through Feyenoord’s academy, managing the U21s while juggling that role with a job as Ronald Koeman’s assistant for the senior side, you start to get a picture of a man who is well-rounded, successful, and who has worked his way to the top. Who wouldn’t want those qualities in a manager?