Newcastle's rivals Brighton are falling apart, and it all started with Dan Ashworth
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Newcastle's rivals Brighton are falling apart, and it all started with Dan Ashworth

Brighton’s infrastructure could be falling apart in 2022, and it all started with Newcastle United.

The Seagulls are a model club – the perfect example of how you should run a football club. Sadly for them, a lot of other teams are taking note and pinching their top talent rather than copying their business model.

Chelsea have sacked Thomas Tuchel and are now looking for a new manager. Mauricio Pochettino has been linked, and so has Brighton boss Graham Potter.

He’s been given permission to talk to Chelsea about a move to Stamford Bridge. If he can be convinced to make a move, it could suddenly be Brighton who are looking for a new manager.

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That would be a crushing blow for them, having started the season so well. Brighton are currently fourth, having picked up 13 points from their opening six games.

While they have been excellent on the pitch, they appear to be falling apart off it through no fault of their own. And it’s Newcastle United who kicked off this chain of events.

Brighton falling apart since Dan Ashworth departure

At the start of the year, Brighton had one of the brightest sporting directors in English football. Sadly for them, Newcastle’s owners were looking for a sporting director, and wanted someone who can guide the club to the heights they want to achieve.

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And they turned to Dan Ashworth.

The former FA chief resigned from his role at the Amex, and eventually joined Newcastle after a period of time on gardening leave.

That was a blow for Brighton. They had lost the man pulling the strings and providing Potter with the platform for success.

Fast forward a few months and now Potter could be leaving too. It would be disastrous for Brighton to lose two hugely influential figures in the space of a year. One leaving was bad, but two!

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While Newcastle are now feeling the benefit of Ashworth, they will look on with sympathy at their rivals.

And as harsh as it sounds, the latest potential exit from Brighton could benefit Newcastle again. We are competing with them this season for a place in the top half or even Europe.

If Potter goes, it could seriously derail them. And they don’t have Ashworth anymore to pick up the pieces.