INEOS believe Dan Ashworth is ‘one of the best directors around the world’ as Manchester United look to raid Premier League rivals Newcastle.
That is according to Fabrizio Romano, Dan Ashworth potentially set to become a key part of the Jim Ratcliffe rebuild at Old Trafford.
For the time being, Erik ten Hag’s job is as safe as it can be after 14 defeats before the turn of the year. INEOS’ focus, instead, is on putting a clear, coherent sporting structure in place behind the scenes, with a world-leading director currently the priority above that of a new head coach.
And this is where Ashworth comes in.
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According to i News, Ratcliffe’s right-hand man – Sir Dave Brailsford – is a huge fan of a man who arrived at Newcastle in 2022 after helping to transform the England set up during his time with the FA and maintaining Brighton’s emergence as one of the most well-run, upwardly-mobile clubs in European football.
The Daily Mail’s Newcastle-specialist reporter Craig Hope believes there is a ‘chance’ that Ashworth walks away from Newcastle to take up the reigns at Old Trafford, and the 52-year-old would do so with the warmest of welcomes from United’s new minority owners.
“Dan Ashworth is (a) candidate,” Romano explains on his YouTube channel. “Let’s see if INEOS go for a structure with one person in charge of transfer strategy, or two or three.
“The appreciation for Ashworth is concrete and real. They rate him as one of the best directors around the world, they really like what he’s done in his career.”
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i News add that Ratcliffe could look to bring in Ashworth to work in conjunction with another top-level director, such as former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton talentspotter Paul Mitchell.
Mitchell is famed for his remarkable eye for a bargain in the transfer market and could be appointed to focus on recruitment, while Ashworth may take on a more overarching role behind the scenes.
Jean-Claude Blanc, the brains behind the operation at Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, has also joined United’s new-look board.