Some more fascinating quotes have emerged from sporting director Dan Ashworth, who has been speaking to the local press about all things Newcastle United.
He reveals that our vision is to break the ‘big six’ – on and off the pitch – compete for trophies and maintain our place in the Champions League, also discussing his intent on improving all areas of the club; from the academy to the women’s team.
Ashworth poured cold water on reports linking him with Man Utd, insisting he’s “really happy” at the club and has NO release clause in his contract.
The 52-year-old also played down talk of Eddie Howe replacing Gareth Southgate at England and refused to confirm or deny whether Bruno Guimaraes has a £100m clause in his new deal, also discussing the challenges ahead when it comes to recruitment, budgets and FFP. Read his latest quotes in full below:
Ashworth on Newcastle’s vision:
“That (break up the so-called Big Six) is the vision of the football club. To fight, get into the top six on a regular basis and compete for trophies. But, in football, it can flip around really quickly as well. Success has never been a straight line.
“I’m really pleased with the direction this club is heading. We’re on an upward trajectory but there are definitely some bumps in the road. We’re on the right pathway. Of course, we want to be in the Champions League as much as we can but it’s incredibly difficult.
“There’s also the wider thing where we’ve seen huge improvements to the training ground, the women’s team have gone full-time and got promoted last year. We’ve got some really good young players out on loan, some players coming through the academy system…”
“In your question about the top six, what’s really difficult is to be able to compete commercially as well. Some of those clubs have been a global brand for decades and that’s one of the big challenges for Peter [Silverstone, chief commercial officer], Darren [Eales, chief…
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Author : Olly Hawkins
Publish date : 2023-11-07 10:31:41
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