Newcastle announce Dan Ashworth as sporting director after approving the Brighton release

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Newcastle United have announced that Dan Ashworth will become the club’s sporting director after securing his immediate release from Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Magpies have acquired the former Football Association director in the recent big move from Eddie Howe’s side as they seek to shape a bright future after last year’s takeover.

Ashworth, who came to Brighton in 2018, resigned in February but was still under contract with the Seagulls when he began a lengthy period of garden leave.

He has now been released to take up the post at St James’ Park following dialogue between the two clubs.

“Newcastle United are delighted to announce that Dan Ashworth will become the club’s sporting director following an agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion to release him from his current contractual obligations with immediate effect,” the club confirmed in a statement.

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

“Newcastle United will release additional information following the relevant approval process.”

Ashworth has previously worked as the FA’s director of elite development, having been named to the role in 2012 before joining Brighton four years ago.

During his time at Amex Stadium, he has overseen the club’s gradual growth, culminating in this season’s best Premier League ranking ever in ninth place under Graham Potter.

Newcastle had been strongly linked with Ashworth since the end of last year, where they are rumored to have been given permission to discuss terms with him.

Meanwhile, Brighton have confirmed the formation of Rangers and Everton defender David Weir as Ashworth’s replacement, with the former Scottish national team player having held the position on a temporary basis since February.

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