May 27, 2024

Newcastle’s eagerness to hasten Dan Ashworth’s departure stems from their knowledge of his impending move to Manchester United. Despite placing the 53-year-old on an extended gardening leave, the club is now motivated to expedite his exit.

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While Ashworth’s departure hasn’t caused significant friction at St. James’ Park, both Eddie Howe and the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) recognize the necessity of moving forward, a task impeded by Ashworth’s lingering presence.

The delay in Ashworth assuming his new role at Old Trafford is attributed to Newcastle’s demand for a hefty compensation fee, reportedly reaching £20 million, a sum thus far resisted by Sir Jim Ratcliffe. The Telegraph (subscription required) highlights Newcastle’s desire to swiftly fill the void left by Ashworth, with Paul Mitchell emerging as a leading contender.

Other potential candidates such as Tim Steidten from West Ham, Phil Giles from Brentford, and Tiago Pinto are also mentioned, but Mitchell appears to be Newcastle’s preferred choice. To secure Mitchell’s appointment before the summer transfer window, negotiations regarding Ashworth’s compensation are anticipated.

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