Martin Jol has resigned as manager of Ajax, fuelling links with the vacant position at Newcastle.
Newcastle took the shock decision to axe Chris Hughton on Monday afternoon, citing a desire to bring in a manager with greater experience. Peter Beardsley has been placed in temporary charge while the club seek out a successor and a host of names including Martin O'Neill and Alan Pardew have been linked with the role.
Jol was prominent in a number of bookmakers' lists for the position and he would now appear free to discuss his future with any club after tendering his resignation at the Amsterdam ArenA.
Ajax announced on their website that former Holland defender Frank de Boer would take temporary charge until the winter break, while Jol claimed the criticism the club have got for their stuttering form has caused unrest in the squad.
The former Hamburg and Tottenham boss told the club's official website: ''With pain in my heart I say goodbye to this wonderful club.'We started something last summer that I would have finished. But I have come to realise that the expectations after last season were too high.
''We cannot meet such expectations. The amount of criticism that the club has had to endure daily has led to unrest in the club and among players.
''I take this decision consciously before AC Milan v Ajax (in the Champions League) is played (on Wednesday).
''The coming weeks are very important and I sincerely hope that something happens in the squad to make it in the short term a winning team.''
The Amsterdammers finished second in the league last term, a point behind FC Twente, scoring 106 goals and with a staggering goal difference of plus 86. They have struggled to repeat their end-of-season form in the early part of this campaign, though.