Ashworth expected to begin work with Man Utd immediately

Manchester United have finally agreed a compensation deal with Newcastle United to hire Dan Ashworth as the team’s new sporting director.

Ashworth has been on gardening leave at Newcastle for over four months after expressing a desire to join United, but the two clubs found themselves locked in a lengthy financial battle.

Ashworth is set to be given responsibility for recruitment and overall performance, with Wilcox to report to the former Brighton & Hove Albion and Football Association official.

Chief executive Omar Berrada will officially join United on July 13 when his agreement with rivals Manchester City expires.

“One of the biggest issues in football, which I have to say I wasn’t fully prepared for, was the gardening leave issue,” a frustrated co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe told Bloomberg last month.