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Dan Ashworth starts work at Newcastle after gaining Premier League approval

New Newcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth has started work on Tyneside after the club received Premier League approval for his appointment.The Magpies announced on 30 May that they has reached 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 sporting strategy, football development and recruitment at all age levels”, will work closely with head coach Eddie Howe, academy manager Steve Harper and head of recruitment Steve Nickson.The 51-year-old said: “Newcastle United is an incredible football club and I’m...
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Dan Ashworth set to become Newcastle’s new sporting director

Dan Ashworth is to become Newcastle’s new sporting director after the Magpies finally got their man.Amanda Staveley’s 80 per cent Saudi-backed consortium identified the former Football Association technical director as a key figure in their ambitious plans for the Tyneside club as they completed their takeover at St James’ Park in October last year, but have had to remain patient in their pursuit.Ashworth resigned from a similar role at Brighton in February with the Seagulls confirming he had done so to take up a position at another Premier League club, but insisted he would see out “an extended period of...

David Weir confirmed as Brighton technical director following Dan Ashworth exit

Brighton have confirmed the permanent appointment of David Weir as technical director following Dan Ashworth’s move to Newcastle.The former Scotland, Rangers and Everton defender had been covering the role in an interim capacity since Ashworth resigned and began a period of garden leave in February.Ashworth’s exit was formally confirmed on Monday as Newcastle announced they had reached agreement with the Seagulls to appoint him as sporting director at St James’ Park. Brighton followed by making Weir’s position full-time.Chairman Tony Bloom said: “David’s credentials are very strong, as he has shown in the various roles he has held with us.“During his...