Dan Ashworth, Newcastle’s new sporting director, began working on Tyneside after the club was approved by the Premier League.

Magpie announced on May 30 that it had reached an agreement with former Ashworth employer Brighton to release the contract after his resignation in February.

Appointed by the Amanda Stavely Consortium to oversee the club’s “Comprehensive Sport Strategy at All Age Levels, Football Development and Recruitment,” Ashworth is head coach Eddie Howe and Academy Manager Steve Harper. Work closely with Recruiter Steve Nickson.

The 51-year-old player said: “Newcastle United is a great football club and we are delighted to be part of this very exciting time.

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

“I’m excited to get started right away and look forward to being part of a team that helps the club grow and achieve long-term success.”

Ashworth, who previously worked for Brighton as a technical director at Westbrom, spent six years as an elite development director for the Football Association. His pedigree targeted 80% of Saudi Arabia’s Newcastle.

The statement states: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and players, I would like to welcome Dan Ashworth to the Newcastle United family.

“Dan was an ideal figure for this very important position. He has a strong track record in elite level football and is pleased to join Newcastle United ahead of the new season.”

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