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Eddie Howe: Newcastle will want the best deal for Dan Ashworth

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has emphasized that Manchester United will not be able to acquire sporting director Dan Ashworth at a low price.

Earlier this week, Ashworth was put on garden leave after expressing his desire to depart from St James’ Park, despite being with the club for only 20 months, to take on a similar position at Old Trafford.

New Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has prioritized Ashworth’s recruitment and has strongly opposed the idea that his departure could be secured for £20 million. He criticized the notion of Ashworth spending up to 18 months in a state of uncertainty under the terms of his contract with Newcastle as “completely absurd.”

Asked how important it was that the hierarchy on Tyneside got the best possible deal, head Howe coach Howe said: “In these situations, it’s about Newcastle, from our perspective.

“But that is for other people to make those decisions, I’m not involved in that in any way, shape or form. I’m preparing the team to play Arsenal.”

Additionally, as Newcastle confirmed Ashworth’s decision to depart, they initiated the search for a replacement. Howe, who disclosed that he will contribute to the selection process but won’t have the ultimate authority, aims for the chosen candidate to be a lasting appointment.

He said: “Ideally in that role, you are in the position for a long period of time. It’s a bit like being an academy manager, you’re not going to see the end result of your work for many years because you’re putting things in place.

“That’s the same as a sporting director. It’s a longer term role, ideally.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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