Dan Ashworth 'itching to get started' at Newcastle as arrival date named - pundit
Dan Ashworth will start his job at Newcastle United before the end of the season.
That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the director’s wait to take a role at Newcastle continues.
The Daily Mail reported on Thursday (7 April) that Brighton want a fee of £5million to release Ashworth, 51, from his gardening leave.
Ashworth resigned from his post at the Amex Stadium on 7 February and has been heavily linked with taking the director of football role at Newcastle.
However, if the fee is not paid, Newcastle won’t get their man until November.
Kenny insists Newcastle will stump up the fee ahead of the summer.
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“It’s only £5million, I could understand if it was something like £20million,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“I think that’s a fair price for someone who is going to come in a transform the club.
“I understand why Newcastle aren’t doing it. They don’t want to be seen paying whatever people want.
“Clubs and agents need to know these guys won’t just throw money at things they want.
“But when it’s £5million to get this guy in, I think you just have to pay it.
“If you pay that then you get him in now and he can start working straight away.
“He will be itching to get started and to be honest, I think Newcastle will bite the bullet and pay that before the end of the season.”
The Magpies moved within touching distance of Premier League safety with a 1-0 win over Wolves on Friday (8 April).
Chris Wood scored the only goal of the game.