Brighton’s technical director has resigned from Brighton and Hove Albion and is most likely to take up the Newcastle job, according to various reports.
The move represents the next step in Newcastle’s evolution under their new owners after the Tyneside club provided Eddie Howe with serious reinforcements in the shape of Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood and Matt Targett in the January transfer window.
Earlier in the day, Brighton confirmed the Englishman’s departure.
“Dan Ashworth has resigned from his position as technical director to take a similar role at another Premier League club.
“In line with his contractual terms, Ashworth will now begin an extended period of gardening leave, after which he will be able to take up a new position elsewhere.” read the official statement.
Ashworth joined Brighton in 2019 after a successful spell with the England FA. The 50-year-old, along with manager Graham Potter, has played a big part in the development of Brighton in the Premier League.
Newcastle United have wasted no time in snapping up Ashworth, with the Magpies looking to emerge as a serious opposition to the reigning ‘top-six’ of English football.