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“We’re very protective…” Newcastle respond to Dan Ashworth’s Manchester United move



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Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has been quizzed on the future of Dan Ashworth, admist reports he is Manchester United bound.

Ashworth, 52, is believed to be United’s number one target for their sporting director position, with the Red Devils very keen on bringing him from their Premier League rivals.

Believed to have told Newcastle of United’s interest in his services, Ashworth is set to serve as the next building block in Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS‘ Manchester United revolution.

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Speaking ahead of this weekend’s fixtures Newcastle boss Howe was quizzed on if he wants a quick resolution to the speculation around Ashworth’s future.

“Yes, but it’s not about what I want, is it?” Howe told reporters. “I don’t know, it’s not my decision. I’m not in control of it.

“Obviously it’s been in the news a lot and usually with these things, that means something’s going to happen but as we speak now, we’ve had no contact from anyone.

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“At some stage, there has to be a line drawn and things have to move forward.”

Throughout Ashworth’s tenure, Newcastle have seen rapid progression, which as a result has led to concerns that Ashworth has intimate knowledge of the club’s long-term plans.

Commenting on this, Howe admitted that it was a possibility that had crossed his mind. 

“I think your concerns are relevant,” the Newcastle boss stated. “I don’t know quite how much I can say on that, but I share your feelings.

“It goes without saying that we’re very protective of what’s ours, whether that’s players or staff. If people do eventually move on to other clubs, there’s a process to go through before that is reality.

“He’s in a position of power and has a lot of intelligence and information so it’s an unusual situation.”

It is believed that if United are successful in their efforts to bring Ashworth to the club, the sporting director is likely to serve an extended period of gardening leave.