Manchester United confirm boardroom move as Newcastle United step up Dan Ashworth replacement hunt

Manchester United have appointed Jason Wilcox as the club’s new Technical Director but will keep pushing to poach Dan Ashworth from Newcastle United.

The Red Devils are building a new crack recruitment team behind the scenes at Old Trafford and still see Ashworth as the ideal candidate to sit above Wilcox in the hierarchy. The former Southampton chief will be across ‘all technical areas of the football department to achieve the highest standards of performance’ according to United’s announcement on Friday, while Ashworth will be working on recruitment and potentially finding a replacement for Erik ten Hag should he take the helm in the red half of Manchester.

New Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe called Ashworth’s lengthy gardening leave “a bit silly” upon but is believed to have held face-to-face talks with Amanda Staveley to try and break the impasse. Newcastle are closing in on an eventual replacement for the ex-Brighton chief, with recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson leading the search for a new boardroom supremo.

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Asked about a replacement for Ashworth last week, Eddie Howe made it clear he wants a new member of staff through the door before too long. “Naturally, in my opinion, a club this size has to have that (sporting director) role filled,” said the Magpies head coach.

“The club will do everything it can to try and find the right person to do that. In the meantime, we have people in place that are filling that void. They are doing a very good job. We have carried on quite well with Dan’s exit and the club’s functioning well at the moment.”

Some candidates to replace Ashworth include ex-Monaco chief Paul Mitchell, ex-Newcastle winger Hugo Viana and AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.

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