Man Utd dealt Dan Ashworth blow after Newcastle target snubs move

Dougie Freedman has turned down the opportunity to become Newcastle United’s sporting director by signing a new contract with Crystal Palace. This decision complicates Manchester United’s plans to appoint Dan Ashworth as their first-ever sporting director, as Ashworth is currently on gardening leave from Newcastle and a compensation dispute between the two clubs remains unresolved. 

Newcastle wants £20 million for Ashworth, while United is only willing to pay £5 million, leading to stalled negotiations. Freedman’s decision to stay at Palace, where he has been successful in signing key players like Michael Olise, Marc Guehi, and Eberechi Eze, leaves Newcastle searching for a new target, potentially delaying Ashworth’s move to Old Trafford further.

The delay in Ashworth’s appointment is compounded by Newcastle’s inability to secure Freedman, who had been their top choice due to his impressive track record at Crystal Palace. With Freedman committed to Palace, who ended the season on a high note under Oliver Glasner, Newcastle may now turn their attention to Johannes Spors, the global sporting director of 777 Group. 

Meanwhile, Ashworth is reportedly taking Newcastle to the court of arbitration to expedite his move to Manchester United, but the timeline for this process remains uncertain. This series of events adds complexity to the management structures at both Newcastle and Manchester United, with no immediate resolution in sight.

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