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Dan Ashworth is set to become Newcastle’s sporting director

Dan Ashworth is set to become Newcastle’s new sporting director after the Magpies finally get their man.

Amanda Staveley’s consortium, backed 80 per cent by Saudi Arabia, identified the former Football Association technical director as a key figure in their ambitious plans for the Tyneside club when they announced their takeover at the St their pursuit in October last year.

Ashworth resigned from a similar role at Brighton in February, with the Seagulls confirming he had done so to take up a job at another Premier League club, but insisted his existing contract required him to have “an extended stint”. Garden Holidays” would take up.

Since then, lengthy negotiations have taken place after reports the south coast club were seeking £5million in compensation to free them from their contractual obligations, but an agreement has now been reached.

A statement from Newcastle read: “Newcastle United are delighted 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 current contractual obligations with immediate effect.

“The terms of this agreement remain confidential between the clubs and are subject to approval by the Premier League.

“Newcastle United will issue further information following the relevant approval process.”

The 51-year-old joined Brighton in 2018 with an impressive reputation following his time with the FA and helped the club establish themselves in the Premier League.

His resignation was met with disappointment, but his former employers thanked him for his contribution when they confirmed his resignation.

A statement from Brighton read: “Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United have reached an agreement to immediately release Dan Ashworth from his contractual obligations at Brighton.

“The terms of this agreement, which is subject to regulatory approval, will remain confidential between the clubs.

“We thank Dan for his service and wish him well in the future.”

Ashworth’s forthcoming arrival on Tyneside could hardly be better timed as the Magpies hope to build on a successful January transfer window which saw them sign more than £90m in Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn and the loan signers Matt Targett invested a climb away from the relegation zone.

Head coach Eddie Howe is looking to reinforce his squad again to improve on 11th place and has already signaled his willingness to work with a sporting director.

Howe said recently: “We need to improve a lot behind the scenes to become the club we want to be. This is in all areas.

“We want to build the club and to do that you need the right people and the right dates.”

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