Dan Ashworth: ‘Newcastle are a monster football club, it’s a fantastic place to work’

Newcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth has revealed his delight at finalizing his deal to join “a monster football club”.

Ashworth’s transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion to Newcastle United was given the green light by the Premier League on Monday.

The 51-year-old resigned as technical director at the south coast club in February but had to spend time on gardening leave before taking up his new role.

Ashworth was appointed in time to run Newcastle’s affairs during the summer transfer window and the former Football Association technical director is eager to leave.

Speaking to Newcastle’s official website during his first interview at the club, Ashworth said: “I’ve been in football for a long time and came here in my opposition hat with West Bromwich Albion and Brighton.

“Every time you come here, you can’t help but notice the passion and enthusiasm of the fans, the atmosphere on the pitch.

“It’s just an absolute behemoth of a football club. A fantastic place to come and work. It was the vibe and the passion, away fans too when they came to West Brom and Brighton. The noise and the enthusiasm for the game are just amazing.

“It was (St James’ Park) one of my favorite places. You knew you were still in for a tough game, but the crowd made it.

“Very few places have this intensity. Coming from an opponent, this is a special place to come. It was a really appealing thing to me.

Isaac Hayden joined recently relegated Norwich City on Tuesday, with the midfielder leaving Newcastle on a season-long loan.

Norwich have an obligation to buy next summer if certain performance criteria are met.

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