Ineos Group are reportedly targeting Newcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth to kick-start their rebuild at Manchester United.
The petrochemicals group are still working on completing a deal to acquire a 25% stake in United. However, that lengthy process hasn’t stopped Ineos from planning how they want to go about things at United during their early days.
Change has already started to take place at Old Trafford, with former chief executive Richard Arnold out the door. Patrick Stewart is filling his position on an interim basis, and it’s understood that Ineos want to bring former PSG chief Jean-Claude Blanc to succeed Arnold. They also have ambitious plans for the sporting director role.
Newcastle man Dan Ashworth is on Ineos’ radar for Manchester United
According to Manchester Evening News, Dan Ashworth is Ineos Group’s “prime choice” to assume the sporting director role at United.
The 52-year-old football supremo has a glowing reputation in England due to his brilliant work at Brighton and Newcastle, who are now in a strong position to challenge the likes of United for a place in the top four.
However, in all likelihood, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his team to tempt Ashworth to Manchester as he only joined the Magpies last year.
Interestingly, the report adds that Ineos sporting director Sir Dave Brailsford already has a line of dialogue with Ashworth. The Newcastle man arranged for Brailsford to give a motivational presentation to Eddie Howe’s side during their pre-season tour in Lisbon.
Further, it is added that despite interest in Ashworth, Ineos are also open to retaining John Murtough, who’s currently in charge of major transfer decisions at United. But the idea is to move Murtough to more of an administrative role.