Brighton and Hove Albion’s Dan Ashworth is edging towards a big move to Newcastle United, where he would earn around £2million-a-year.
Newcastle still seem a little rudderless off the pitch after their takeover. The speed of the takeover meant Newcastle’s new owners didn’t really have time to get a team in place for off-field matters.
The key appointment is a director of football, with Newcastle so far unable to get an appointment sorted.
Ashworth is now the top choice, and reports emerged from The Sun earlier in December suggesting that he was the main target.
Brighton then gave Newcastle permission to speak to Ashworth, taking the deal another step closer.
Now, transfer insider Duncan Castles has given an update on Newcastle’s pursuit of Ashworth.
Castles has stated on The Transfer Window podcast that Newcastle have offered Ashworth a deal worth £2million-a-year.
The move isn’t nailed-on; Brighton have a strong setup and Newcastle are in real danger of relegation, meaning Ashworth would be taking a risk.
Still, Castles has been told that the feeling around Brighton is that Ashworth will likely take the Newcastle job, with a decision expected soon.
“The offer that he has been presented with is a basic (salary) of £2million plus substantial bonuses on top,” said Castles. “The decision he has to make is whether to remain at Brighton, which is a very well-structured, well-run club with a clear path of progress to them and a lot of intelligent football operates around, or move to Newcastle, where there is the opportunity – because of the money that has been made available by PIF – to build a club whose ambition is to be challenging to win the Premier League and win the Champions League within five years.”
“It’s obviously a different level in which to work from anything that Ashworth has experienced before, with it’s own challenges and also a job with substantial risk, because there isn’t a great deal of football knowledge amongst the decision-makers at Newcastle United at the moment, and they’re in a relegation position. He could end up, if he takes that job, in the Championship inside six months.”
“The guidance I have, and the feeling at Brighton, is that he is leaning towards taking the job, I think we should see a resolution to that in the next few days,” he added.