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HITC understands that Dougie Freedman is pushing hard to replace Dan Ashworth as sporting director at Newcastle United.

Newcastle have been working on a new sporting director for the last few weeks, following Ashworth’s decision to leave the club after being approach by Manchester United.

Manchester United are continuing talks and minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has even met with Newcastle director Amanda Staveley to try and come to terms over Ashworth – who has been placed on gardening leave – which is actually due to run until 2026.

Newcastle are, though, hopeful that there will soon be an end to the saga surrounding Ashworth, whose appointment will finalise their senior management team in the club’s new footballing department with Jason Wilcox in place as technical director and Omar Berrada arriving at the club’s new CEO – all of who are working under new board members Sir Dave Brailsford and Jean-Claude Blanc.

Dougie Freedman of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Burnley at City Ground on October...