Dan Ashworth is set to become Newcastle’s sporting director after the club finally got his man. The consortium of Amanda Staveley, backed 80% by Saudi Arabia, identified the former FA technical director as a key figure when they finalized their acquisition last October, but they are not waiting yet.
On February 7, Ashworth resigned from a similar role at Brighton, confirming he had done so to take up a job at another Premier League club, but insisting his contract allowed him an “extended period of holidays”.
Protracted negotiations took place when Brighton demanded compensation of £5 million to free him from his contractual obligations and an agreement was reached.
A statement read: “Newcastle United is pleased to announce that Dan Ashworth has become the club’s sporting director, having reached an agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion to relieve him of his existing contractual obligations with immediate effect.” “The terms of this agreement remain confidential between clubs and are subject to approval by the Premier League.”
Ashworth, 51, joined Brighton in 2018 with an impressive reputation after his time with the FA and helped establish the club in the Premier League.
The timing of Ashworth’s arrival at Newcastle could not be better as the club hopes to capitalize on a successful January transfer window that will see more than £90m in Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimarães, Dan Byrne and loaned Matt Targett.
Eddie Howe is eager to bring his team back together and the coach is willing to work with a sporting director.