Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v Lithuania

Friday, 27 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Celtic Park

Last Game

Scotland 1 - 3 England

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 20:00

International Match

Ashworth released for FA role

Dan Ashworth has been given permission to start his new role as the Football Association's director of elite development on Monday.

Last Updated: 01/03/13 at 16:17 Post Comment

Dan Ashworth: Early release by West Brom

Dan Ashworth: Early release by West Brom

The 41-year-old had been due to work a 12-month notice period at West Brom but agreement has been reached for him to be available to the Baggies on a one-day-a-week consultancy basis until the summer.

Ashworth's replacement as sporting and technical director at The Hawthorns, Richard Garlick, was appointed to the post in January.

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace was keen to praise Ashworth for his hard work during his time with the club.

"Dan has worked tirelessly for this football club for the past nine years and leaves with our best wishes," said Peace.

"He has remained fully committed to his club responsibilities since it was announced last September he would be leaving, for which I would like to thank him.

"The handover process with Richard has gone extremely well, which has enabled us to agree to an early departure date with the FA for Dan.

"We now look forward to Richard building on the solid foundations laid by Dan."

Ashworth, who will be based at the National Football Centre at St George's Park, admits he has mixed emotions in leaving West Brom.

"I have had nine fantastic years here and I just want to say a big thank you to everyone connected with the football club - the staff, players and supporters," he said.

"As with any football-related job, there have been some lows but we have managed to bounce back from them all and there have undoubtedly been far more highs.

"With the January transfer window now closed, the team having already amassed 40 points and Richard very much hands on in his new role, we all agreed this would be an appropriate time for me to move on.

"But I will continue to help the club in any way possible in my consultancy capacity.

"It was a really tough decision for me to leave but the FA presented me with a wonderful opportunity which I could not turn down.

"I've worked closely with Richard for the past two and a half years and he has all the attributes to be a fantastic sporting and technical director.

"I have every confidence he will make a real success of the role."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Brendan Rodgers: Daniel Sturridge can shine new light on revamped Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers expects the imminent return of "reference point" Daniel Sturridge to help Liverpool push for a top-four place.

Premier League: Arsenal top scorer Alexis Sanchez a doubt for Super Sunday game against Aston Villa

Arsenal could be without Alexis Sanchez for their Super Sunday game against Aston Villa this weekend.

Transfer News: Chelsea look to sell Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg , free up funds for Juan Cuadrado bid

Chelsea are in talks with Wolfsburg for the possible sale of Andre Schurrle in a move to sign Juan Cuadrado.

Mail Box

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company