OFFICIAL: Newcastle complete summer’s biggest signing, lands Dan Ashworth

It was about time, man. Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion have finally settled their dispute and agreed appropriate compensation to bring Dan Ashworth to Tyneside. As the clubs reportit is a private and confidential agreement which will remain confidential for the time being, and which is still subject to and awaiting approval by the Premier League.

On a (very) short note, Brighton”[thanked] Dan for his service and [wished] him well for the future” as Newcastle welcomed their new sporting director to the club.

That sporting director role is one the Magpies have long wanted to hand over to Ashworth, who has been pursued for some months – he was cleared to discuss terms with Newcastle as early as last December – and can finally join the Toon. Brighton, in a bid to prevent the NUFC from landing at Ashworth sooner, have put the staff member on a period of gardening leave.

Whatever the terms, negotiations, deal etc, this is HUGE news for Newcastle entering its first transfer window under new owners and with still almost two weeks in the calendar for the official opening of the transfer market on July 10.

No, it’s not Neymar’s signature. No, it’s not Halaand. It’s not even Marcelo, not even Tolisso, and certainly not even Paulo Dybala. But make no mistake, because Newcastle could be much much much better to complete this signature than any of the others. There was a distinct lack of a sporting director, and Dan Ashworth was clearly the employed to hunt before it is too late. And the Magpies, of course, accomplished the feat…Ed.: Is there anything impossible to do and within reach for Tyneside lads these days! ?

Ashworth, who has been dubbed a ‘transfer guru’ by those in the know, joins the most optimistic, promising and exciting organization in all of English football. As simple as that.

The member of staff, who arrives from Brighton, surely comes with a full and glorious resume. Soccer365 reviewed the moves (and I’m not going to take credit for showing you their list here without naming them correctly). They concluded that “Under his watch Tariq Lamptey was snatched from Chelsea for £1million, Adam Lallana joined on a free transfer, Joel Veltman cost £900,000, relative unknowns Leandro Trossard, Jakub Moder and Marc Cucurella were signed from Genk, Lech Poznan and Getafe respectively. In six transfer windows at Brighton, there have been many successes and no significant misses.

In 2017, as FA technical director Dan Ashworth commanded a youth ship which saw the Mini Three Lions become world champions in the Under-17 and Under-20 tournaments while the senior team of 2018 (guided by Gareth Southgate) reached the semi-finals of the World Cup on top of everything and leading to near-success for the national team at last summer’s Euro 2020, losing only a penalty before glory.

They’ll joke about it—because envy and jealousy are strong when it comes to Newcastle these days, but England’s DNA worked like a charm and the plan really came to fruition. You bet he did, people. In his own defining words, Ashworth described England’s DNA as “A way of doing things that ranged from how we train to how we treat players, how we warm up, how we recover, how we eat and how we travel. All.” He added that “The players had a clear idea of ​​what they could expect from us, and we told them exactly what we expected from them. On the pitch, off the pitch, we set the standards for them.

And that’s precisely what he will do for the Magpies from now on. With no sporting director in place, head coach Eddie Howe takes on the role of classic British manager, now on hold. Howe had to deal with training, things off the pitch such as personnel management, scouting assignments, development duties, chasing and signing players including negotiating their contracts etc. . And the lad has given the club a further boost and propelled them to a close end to the first half this season in the monster, minnow-eating Premier League. Uh, oh, the flex.

With Ashworth taking over all of these peripheral duties – to the actual game played on grass, that is – you bet Howe will take his talents to another level while Newcastle the club, Newcastle the organization, Newcastle as a whole, benefits from an appropriate and structured network of roles.

It may not have moved you just a little bit out of your seat. You probably don’t even read that line, because who cares about a director, right? Well reconsider your reading priorities, then, and you’ll know why no later than one, two or a few weeks when the real signings start rolling in, the academy starts pumping youngsters out in bunches, and the inevitable Newcastle starts to skyrocketing the English football rankings.

Welcome Dan! And more than ever, Howay the complete pack of Lads!

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