Dan Ashworth has now been Newcastle United’s Sporting Director for a month, and what a month it’s been.
The 51-year-old was earmarked as a possible recruit for the Magpies towards the end of 2021, but it took six months to get him to St James’ Park.
He began a period of gardening leave after resigning from his role at Brighton, having agreed to undertake a similar job at Newcastle.
However, compensation stopped him from starting immediately with the Magpies. There was even talk that he might not arrive until November.
But an agreement was reached in May, and on June 6th he officially began work as the Newcastle United Sporting Director.
It will hopefully be seen as a landmark moment in the coming years, with Ashworth set to play a huge role in transforming the club.
Praise for Ashworth from people inside and outside Newcastle
He’s only been in the hot seat for a month, but Ashworth is already receiving glowing review from those that deal with him.
According to the Athletic, people within the club have hailed the impact he’s had since joining. They add that figures who deal with Newcastle are also impressed with Ashworth, particularly with how he views player development.
He has reportedly spoken to the representatives of Newcastle’s talented youngsters, who will hope to develop into Premier League stars at St James’ Park.
That will be the hope of Ashworth too, who will be keen for the club to produce more players through their own academy.
That’s a big part of what he will bring to Newcastle. If we need a new goalkeeper in five years time, he can say ‘we’ve got a lad in the youth ranks who has come through and is perfectly suited to what we need’ rather than splashing out on a new signing.
He hasn’t been here long, but Ashworth is already playing an important role at St James’ Park. Three new signings have arrived this summer, with more expected. And he’s also influencing those already at the club who can get better in the coming years.
The future is very bright with Ashworth pulling the strings.