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Manchester United receive Dan Ashworth update after Jason Wilcox appointment



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Manchester United have received an update on Dan Ashworth following the club’s appointment of Jason Wilcox as technical director.

United have confirmed that Wilcox will join immediately from Southampton, where he was the director of football for nine months.

An agreement with the Championship club over a compensation fee was found after United’s original offer was rebuffed.

Wilcox will be working under the eventual sporting director at the club, which is expected to be Dan Ashworth.

Ashworth told his current club, Newcastle United, that he would like to join the Old Trafford club after interest emerged.

After placing their sporting director on gardening leave, The Magpies slammed an outrageous £20 million price tag on him for compensation, an amount that Sir Jim Ratcliffe ridiculed.

“A bit silly, personally,” Ratcliffe said on paying such a big fee for a sporting director. “I won’t get dragged into that.

“What I do think is completely absurd is suggesting a man who is really good at his job sits in his garden for one and a half years.”

The British billionaire and new co-owner at United had recently met with Newcastle’s owner Amanda Staveley to try to advance negotiations between the clubs.

Now, a report from MailOnline has explained the situation right now, with Newcastle in their final stages of identifying a replacement.

Some candidates have now had as many as three interviews and the final step will be meetings with the club’s chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan. It was added that a three-man shortlist is being formalised.

The report explained that once this decision is made, negotiations for Ashworth’s compensation price will be accelerated.

With Wilcox and Berrada in the building for the season’s end, Ratcliffe and his team will be hoping that Ashworth is finalised before the next campaign.