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Dan Ashworth: Manchester United agree deal to hire Newcastle sporting director

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Newcastle placed sporting director Dan Ashworth on gardening leave in February after he revealed his desire to join Manchester United; Sir Jim Ratcliffe has overseen an overhaul of Man Utd’s hierarchy since taking over earlier this year.

Manchester United have reached a deal with Newcastle to hire their sporting director Dan Ashworth.

The 53-year-old will commence his new role at Old Trafford with immediate effect.

Newcastle initially were demanding £20m compensation for the former FA Technical Director, with Man Utd looking to pay a fraction of that, but a compromise has been reached in the last few days.

The deal also helped Newcastle comply with Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR) this month. Ashworth has been on gardening leave at Newcastle since February.

The hiring of Ashworth is the latest hierarchical hire done by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and the new INEOS minority investors since they took over the club.

Omar Berrada joined from Manchester City as United’s new chief executive, while Jason Wilcox arrived as new academy director from Southampton.

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