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Newcastle now eyeing former participant as Dan Ashworth substitute



  • Newcastle are contemplating former participant Hugo Viana or Monaco’s Paul Mitchell to switch Dan Ashworth as sporting director.
  • Ashworth, pivotal in transfers with Howe, possible transferring to Man United, leaving a void to fill at St James’ Park.
  • Viana, recognized for his success at Sporting CP, might convey precious experience to Newcastle because of his hyperlinks with the membership.

Newcastle United are eyeing one among their former gamers as a possible substitute for Dan Ashworth as sporting director, in line with a brand new declare.

Newcastle eyeing Dan Ashworth substitute

Ashworth has been a massively influential determine at St James’ Park, working so successfully alongside Eddie Howe in the case of transfers, however he’s now set to go away the membership sooner quite than later.

He has been positioned on gardening depart by Newcastle, with a change to Manchester United trying more and more possible, though numerous which will rely on whether or not the Crimson Devils are prepared to pay £20m in compensation to get their man. If not, they must wait till his contract expires in 2026.

With Ashworth quickly to depart Newcastle, the hunt is now on to seek out the right successor by way of somebody who can work equally seamlessly alongside Howe, guaranteeing that the Magpies proceed to maneuver in a optimistic path.

Monaco’s Paul Mitchell has been talked about as a possible substitute quite a lot of instances, having shone throughout his time in France, and he additionally has loads of expertise in English soccer, having loved a profitable stint at Southampton and masterminding signings comparable to Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama.

Paul Mitchell’s greatest signings


Charge (by way of Transfermarkt)

Victor Wanyama


€15m (£13m)

Dejan Lovren


€10m (£9m)

Sadio Mane


€23m (£20m)

Fraser Forster


€13m (£11m)

Shane Lengthy


€15m (£13m)

Newcastle might rent former participant

Based on inews, former Newcastle participant Hugo Viana is a candidate to be the membership’s subsequent sporting director after Ashworth, with the Portuguese shining within the function at Sporting CP.


AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini can also be within the combine to take over from the Englishman, however it’s price stressing that Monaco ace Mitchell is the present first alternative.

Viana is a superb possibility in his personal proper, nevertheless, having accomplished such a formidable job at Sporting, taking part in a giant function of their success underneath Ruben Amorim.

He has been in his present job since 2018, and Amorim has outlined his colleague’s experience within the switch market, assessing final summer season’s enterprise again in August:

“We’re nonetheless beneath 50 p.c, between gross sales and purchases. Final yr, Porro left in the course of the season, Sarabia, Palhinha, Matheus Nunes additionally departed and there have been extra modifications than this yr. Solely Ugarte left from the common starters, which allowed us to plan higher. We went on the lookout for younger gamers who already had some expertise to affix the primary staff. Many children got here in and could have their spot. We set targets early and we had good gross sales.

“We’re heading in the right direction. We all know it may be a tricky yr, however having a base will make it simpler.”


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He is come underneath hearth from numerous supporters this marketing campaign.

Viana’s hyperlinks with Newcastle would make bringing him in an added bonus, contemplating he made 61 appearances for the Magpies again within the 2000s, which means he might modify even higher than others within the function.