‘I had heard whispers…’ – Reporter drops big behind-the-scenes claim involving Newcastle target

Newcastle United will not be able to appoint Dan Ashworth as their new director of football until November as he is still on gardening leave after resigning from his role at Brighton & Hove Albion, according to the Sun reporter. Tom Barclay.

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The Saudi Arabia-based Public Investment Fund completed a £305m takeover of the St James’ Park side last October, making the Magpies the wealthiest club in world football, but their situation financially sound did not allow them to welcome Ashworth to Tyneside.

What’s the latest on Ashworth?

Ashworth quit as technical director of Brighton in February, with the Seagulls revealing the 51-year-old was leaving the Amex Stadium because he was looking to ‘take a similar role at another Premier League club’.

He left having already had initial talks over the role of director of football at Newcastle after Brighton gave the Magpies permission to set up an interview.

Just 24 hours after his resignation on the South Coast, it emerged that Ashworth had already entered into advanced talks.

However, it is understood Brighton are awaiting substantial compensation to allow Ashworth to shorten his notice period, having been placed on gardening leave following his decision to quit.

According to the Daily Mail, Ashworth may be forced to wait until November before taking on his role as Newcastle director of football.

The report suggests negotiations over Ashworth’s release from gardening leave are ongoing between the Magpies and Brighton, but his arrival at Tyneside will not be imminent unless meaningful progress is made.

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What did Tom Barclay say about Ashworth?

Barclay understands Brighton are holding out during Ashworth’s notice period, much to Newcastle’s frustration.

The journalist believes the former Football Association director of top flight development will not be able to travel to St James’ Park until the final weeks of 2022.

Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “I had heard whispers about his gardening leave situation nine months ago, but I couldn’t get it to stick.

“If so, that would lead into November.”

How is Newcastle doing without a director of football?

The Newcastle hierarchy hired specialist recruitment firm Nolan Partners last December as they sought to find the right candidate for the job, so it’s clear they want to appoint a director of football.

With the job yet to be filled, the Magpies unveiled Nick Hammond as a transfer consultant on a short-term deal and the Premier League side became Europe’s biggest spenders during the January window. .

While Eddie Howe has admitted Newcastle need to appoint a director of football with “a matter of urgency”, he is ready to help fill the void despite delays to Ashworth’s arrival.