Newcastle face a long wait for Dan Ashworth to become their director of football


Newcastle face a long wait for Dan Ashworth to become sporting director at St James’ Park.

Ashworth resigned as technical director at Brighton in February and has since been on gardening leave.

Ashworth is set to join Newcastle in November
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He was due to travel to Newcastle to start his new position with the Magpies immediately, but the two clubs have so far been unable to agree a fee.

It is understood that Brighton expect much more than to be offered for their services and it is a price that Newcastle believe is too high.

According to widely publicized reports, the 51-year-old is now expected to take office in November.

With Newcastle possibly having to wait eight months, Magpies head scout Steve Nickson, co-owner Amanda Staveley and head coach Eddie Howe could oversee their summer spending.

Ashworth became Brighton’s first technical director at the start of 2019 after working for the Football Association.

During her time with the FA as director of elite development, the England senior women’s national team secured third place at the 2015 World Cup and reached the semi-finals of the 2017 European Championship.


Newcastle face a long wait for Dan Ashworth to become their director of football
Ashworth (right) was a key figure in England’s rise
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The England men’s youth team have also won the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups as well as the European Under-19 Championship, while Gareth Southgate’s side have enjoyed a memorable run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018.

Ashworth’s playing career saw him play for Norwich City, Wisbech and Peterborough United, before taking up a role at Cambridge United’s center of excellence as a manager.

But he joined Aidy Boothroyd in West Brom in 2004, spending eight years at the Hawthorns, where his reputation was made.

In a statement in February, Brighton said: “In accordance with his contractual terms, Ashworth will now begin an extended period of gardening leave, after which he may take up a new role elsewhere.”

Newcastle face a long wait for Dan Ashworth to become their director of football
Howe has worked with a director of football at Bournemouth and wants to bring Ashworth on board
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Howe hopes Ashworth’s appointment will come sooner rather than later and wants to find work in similar circumstances to his time at Bournemouth.

Speaking last month, Howe said: “I’m used to working with a sporting director at Bournemouth so I would encourage that.

“I believe I can work in any setting, really. I would accept that. I firmly believe that the stronger your team is around you, the better you can offer players. I would welcome any decision made by the owners.

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