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Newcastle announce agreement for Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth


Former Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth has been cleared to begin work with Newcastle United.

Ashworth resigned from the role at Brighton in February with the Seagulls confirming he had done so to take up a position at another Premier League club, but insisted he would see out 'an extended period of gardening leave' in line with his existing contract.

Protracted negotiations have taken place since amid reports that the south coast club wanted £5million in compensation to release him from his contractual obligations, but a deal has now been struck.

A Newcastle statement said: "Newcastle United are delighted to announce that Dan Ashworth will become the club's sporting director after an agreement was reached with Brighton & Hove Albion to release him from his current contractual obligations with immediate effect.

"The terms of this agreement will remain confidential between the clubs and are subject to Premier League approval.

"Newcastle United will issue further information following the relevant approval process."

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