Newcastle get 'great' reassurance after Manchester United's Dan Ashworth move

Newcastle United have got the 'right man' in place after appointing Paul Mitchell as the club's new sporting director.

That is the view of Les Reed, the former FA technical director, who worked closely with Mitchell at Southampton and also knows predecessor Dan Ashworth well. Newcastle announced Mitchell's arrival last week after Manchester United finally reached a breakthrough with the black-and-whites to end Ashworth's lengthy notice period.

Darren Eales previously vowed that the club's 'exciting journey' would not stop after Ashworth was placed on gardening leave and the Magpies CEO has since pointed to Mitchell's 'successful track record and wealth of experience' following spells in influential roles at AS Monaco, Red Bull International Soccer, RB Leipzig, Spurs and Southampton.

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Reed, who was head of football development and vice-chairman at Southampton during Mitchell's spell as director of recruitment and scouting, has tipped the new arrival to be the 'perfect fit' for Newcastle.

"I know Dan well and what Manchester United need is different," Reed told ChronicleLive. "It's a complete restructuring there. That's what Dan is good at. He did it at St George's Park and he will be a good fit for Manchester United.

"I actually think that Paul will be a good fit for Newcastle, too, and it might just be that fate turns out that it's right for both of them. I wouldn't consider Newcastle's appointment of Paul being a kind of a second-choice [to Ashworth]. Paul would have made a great first-choice for Newcastle and they have got the right man in the right place.

"That's not to disrespect Dan or anything like that. I think that Dan is probably right for Manchester United as well so hopefully it's worked out for everybody.

"I know there have been discussions around the compensation, but that's all put to bed now. Both guys can get on with their jobs and I'm quite excited to see what happens at Newcastle in the next few years."