By Sam Stone

18th May, 2022 | 2:10pm

Dan Ashworth didn't know what job was before taking up role at West Brom

Former West Brom sporting director Dan Ashworth has admitted he didn’t know what a sporting or technical director was before accepting the role at the Hawthorns.

Ashworth has gone on to be one of the most sought after sporting directors in the country after his work at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 51-year-old is set to join Newcastle later this year as the Magpies continue their revolution under their new Saudi ownership.

However, before taking his first sporting director role at the Hawthorns Ashworth admitted he had no idea what the role involved.

As quoted by the Express and Star [18 May], Ashworth said: “The chairman called me and asked me to come and see him.

“I just thought it was a monthly meeting about the academy but he said he’d spoken to Tony Mowbray and wanted me to be sporting and technical director.

“I said what is that?”

Ashworth added: “It was about devising and getting a strategy that would put West Bromwich Albion in a good place for years to come and just get a thoroughness around those processes.

“But I said again, ‘I don’t really know what the job is chairman.”

West Brom needs a structure now

After their hugely disappointing season the Baggies desperately a recruitment structure this summer.

Ashworth is the perfect example of what a modern day technical director can do for the long-term success of a club.

Brighton’s recruitment policies are amongst the most impressive in the EFL.

Adam Webster was plucked from Bristol City after an impressive EFL career.

Matt Clarke, who Baggies fans will know well, was purchased from Portsmouth for £3million.

Clarke and Webster’s values have both increased whilst at the Amex and furthermore, they both suit the way Brighton like their defenders to play.

It is a superb piece of business from Newcastle to go down the Sporting director route during their revolution after the Mike Ashley era.

Ashworth will bring a style of play and recruitment that will be meticulously aligned with Eddie Howe’s Newcastle plans.

Sadly, despite breaking into the role at the Baggies, Ashworth’s influence left the Hawthorns a long time ago.

In other West Brom news, one player who proved to be a bright spot this year won’t be at the club next year and a former Baggies player has reacted to the news.

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