‘Bleeding fool’ - Newcastle United given ‘gormless’ verdict on Dan Ashworth situation

Newcastle United sporting director Dan AshworthNewcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth
Newcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth
Dan Ashworth remains on gardening leave at Newcastle United and is set to take the club to arbitration

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has sided with Newcastle United in the never-ending Dan Ashworth debate.

The situation is beginning to turn ugly, with Ashworth - placed on gardening leave after signalling his intention to join Manchester United in February - threatening arbitration. Reports earlier this week claimed the 53-year-old accidentally sent emails to incoming Red Devils chief Omar Berrada plotting his exit to his Newcastle email address.

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To make matters worse, Berrada is not meant to start work at Old Trafford until July 13 due to Manchester City also placing the CEO on gardening leave. Toon chiefs are haggling over a compensation package for the sporting director - with Man United chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe blasting the £20million price tag as “silly”.

The Ineos billionaire even met with Newcastle minority shareholder Amanda Staveley to try and breach the impasse. So far, all attempts have fallen on deaf ears - with the Magpies robust with their hardball stance.

Ex-Palace owner Jordan slammed Ashworth as “gormless” and a “bleeding fool” for not knowing the terms of his contract. Ironically, the Newcastle exile will have a say on deals when he starts work at Man United.

“How are you really going to legitimately police people?” Jordan told talkSPORT. “The only way you can do this is if Dan Ashworth, the person responsible for recruiting players, is so gormless that he sends (an email) to his current employers!

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“You can’t write that sort of stuff, can you? That’s wonderful. They can weaponise the process to get the maximum amount of money off Manchester United. 

“Or (they) say to Ashworth ‘you are staying within the confines of your contract’. He was a big boy when he signed the contract. The reason Jim Ratcliffe can’t just rock in and take Dan Ashworth is because he has a period of obligation to Newcastle under a contract that he signed.

“What this argument is about, and fair play to them, is how much money Newcastle are going to ring out of Man United’s hands. What did you sign the contract for you bleeding fool? And this is the man who’s going to sign players on contracts? This guy signs a contract, he can read, I assume.”

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