Dan Ashworth to partner with Newcastle after Premier League approval

Newcastle’s new sports director Dan Ashworth has joined Tyneside after the club received approval for his Premier League appointment.

He Magpies announced on May 30 that they have reached an agreement with Ashworth’s former employers Brighton to release him from his contract following his resignation in February.

Ashworth, who has been appointed by Amanda Staveley’s consortium to oversee the club’s “overarching sports strategy, football development and recruitment at all age levels”, will work closely with head coach Eddie Howe, academy manager Steve Harper and head of recruiting Steve Nickson.

The 51-year-old said: “Newcastle United is an incredible football club and I am delighted to be joining at this very exciting time.

“Every time I’ve been to St. James’ Park in the past, I’ve been reminded of the club’s long history and the unparalleled passion of the fans. It’s a huge football club with great potential and I’m incredibly positive about what we can achieve together.

“I am excited to start work immediately and look forward to being part of a team that will help the club grow and achieve long-term success.”

Ashworth, who previously worked at West Brom and Brighton as a technical director, was the Football Association’s director of elite development for six years, and it was that pedigree that prompted 80 per cent of Saudi Newcastle to turn to him.

A statement said: “On behalf of the board, staff and players, we would like to welcome Dan Ashworth to the Newcastle United family.

“Dan was the ideal person for this hugely important position. He has a strong track record in top football and we are delighted to have him join Newcastle United for the new season.”

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