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Dan Ashworth

Dan Ashworth
Norwich Career: Youth 
Current Club: Football Association (Director of Elite Development)
Date of Birth:  
Nationality: English

Biography

Dan Ashworth began his career with Norwich City. He later played for St Leonards and coached in the USA with the West Florida Fury before returning to East Anglia to sign for Wisbech

Wisbech's dire financial situation in the autumn of 2000 led to drastic wage cuts. Dan took this opportunity to leave the Fenman along with 5 other players (Paul Hill, Ian Pledger, Andy Gleave, Ricky Hailstone and Matt Carmichael)

Dan was promoted from Education and Welfare Officer to Academy Director at Peterborough following the Posh youngsters' poor start to the 2000/01 season. He replaced Adrian Boothroyd who was demoted to managing the 8-16 year olds. Dan worked closely with Kit Carson. In addition, Dan has opted to continue his playing career by signing for Eastern Counties League side Diss Town

Following Kit Carson's departure from London Road, Dan also left and joined rivals Cambridge United who ironically appointed Carson as Head of Youth Development in November 2001.

In February 2004, Dan left Cambridge to assist Adrian Boothroyd in setting up West Bromwich Albion's Academy. He was later appointed as Technical Director in December 2007. Ashworth has four departments for which he is responsible: the first team; recruitment; the academy; medical and sports science.The logic is that if the manager goes, the new one is recruited into the existing framework — he does not bring in a whole new team. That ensures continuity and fosters a club culture. Ashworth is regarded as one of the best in the business at scouting players and compiling information on them, including background checks. He works well witht he manager and acts as a buffer between the manager and the chairman.

Ashworth was influential in brining many continental stars to the Hawthorns. People like Pablo Ibanez, the Spanish defender on a free contract, Gonzalo Jara for a pittance and Youssouf Mulumbu, a £75,000 DR Congo international that Paris St Germain didn't give a real chance. The list is also populated by players who were previously as anonymous as Ashworth himself, while even £4m on the likes of Peter Odemwingie and Somen Tchoyi hardly counts as lavish spending even at a club where the budget is notoriously tight.

His reputation has grown and helsea are believed to have noted Ashworth's work and included his name on their list of potential candidates to replace the departed Frank Arnesen as technical director at Stamford Bridge.

He was appointed Director of Elite Development for the English Football Association in September 2012 and took up the new role in March 2013.


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