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HUGHTON: ASHWORTH APPOINTMENT IS A LOGICAL STEP

27 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton.
 
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton feels the appointment of Dan Ashworth as technical director is perfectly timed to provide added support to the club’s ongoing development.
 
Ashworth will take up his new role in the spring and will oversee the club’s academy, medical department and player recruitment at all levels. Hughton believes The Football Association’s current technical director is the ideal choice.
 
Hughton said, “As a club, we felt it was important to bring in a technical director, so the process has been to bring in the best and most suitable one.
 
“Dan is coming here to support the ongoing football development of this club, and he has plenty of experience from the excellent work he has done at both West Bromwich Albion, at Premier League level, and with England, at international level.
 
“We’ll benefit from that vast experience, and Dan will be a fantastic addition for the football club.”
 
Dan Ashworth
 
Hughton praised Ashworth’s work during his time at the Hawthorns and The FA, and believes the 47-year-old can continue his excellent track record on the south coast.    
 
“Dan was at West Brom for many years, and you might look at them as a club which was on a similar level to ourselves during Dan’s time there.
 
“His experiences there, and going from club football to international football with the varying things he’d have to be involved with, would have only added to his CV.
 
“Our club has made big strides, not just on the first-team football pitch, but on the training ground here, as well as in the community, medical, recruitment, academy departments, and with the women’s team playing in the top division.”
 
Hughton also explained that although Ashworth’s appointment will not change his role too much, he is looking forward to sharing expertise.
 
“It won’t change too much from my point of view, my first port of call will be Paul Barber, as it’s always been here, but I won’t hesitate to tap in to Dan’s experience and ask for the advice and support that you can get from someone in his position.
 
“I’ll see him on a regular basis because the reason he’s been brought in, is due to the fact there’s a lot of work still to be done as our club progresses, and I’m really looking forward to working closely with him when he joins us in the spring.”

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