Newcastle finally strike deal with Brighton for Dan Ashworth to join club

Ashworth to take sporting director role at St James’ ParkHe quit Brighton in February with compensation now agreedDan Ashworth is to become Newcastle’s sporting director after the club finally got their man. Amanda Staveley’s 80% Saudi-backed consortium identified the former Football Association technical director as a key figure when they completed their takeover last October but have had to remain patient.On 7 February Ashworth resigned from a similar role at Brighton, who confirmed he had done so to take up a position at another Premier League club, but they insisted he would see out “an extended period of gardening leave” in line with his contract.