FA raid West Brom again as Ashworth is handed elite role… but won't start until next year
11:24 GMT, 17 September 2012
11:42 GMT, 17 September 2012
Top jop: Ashworth is joining the FA in an elite role at the National Football Centre
West Bromwich's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth has been appointed as the FA's new director of elite development, but will not start his role until next summer.
Ashworth becomes the second Albion official in the space of four months to be recruited by The FA following Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England Manager in May.
The 41-year-old will be based at St George's Park – home of The FA's new National Football Centre and training base for all 24 of the various England teams.
Ashworth holds a UEFA Pro Licence,
has worked in youth development and has an experience of coaching elite
players within the professional game.
Gareth Southgate stepped down as the FA's head of elite development in July.
Alex Horne, the FA's General
Secretary, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Dan to The FA and offer
our thanks to West Bromwich Albion for their courtesy throughout this
'Dan is highly regarded and hugely respected within the game and we believe securing his services at The FA will give the future of English football, from the grassroots to the elite level, a tremendous boost.'
And Ashworth – who is yet to confirm his start date – said: 'I am really pleased and indeed honoured to have been offered the opportunity to join The FA.
No rush: Ashworth will not complete his move until next summer
'Working within the national set-up has always been a life-long ambition.
'To do so at a time when the future of the game in this country has never looked brighter, through the completion of St. George’s Park and the Youth Development proposals, is an exciting challenge which I look forward to taking on.'
DAN ASHWORTH FACTFILE
1971: Born March 6.
2000: Takes up role of education and welfare officer at Peterborough and is promoted academy director.
2001: Appointed Cambridge United's centre of excellence director.
2004: March – Joins West Brom to assist Adrian Boothroyd in setting up the club's academy.
June – Takes charge of the club's youth set-up when Boothroyd leaves to take up a first-team coaching role at Leeds.
2007: December – Seconded to the role of sporting and technical director at West Brom.
2008: Has his position as sporting and technical director at West Brom made permanent.
2011: Responsible for the appointment of Roy Hodgson as manager as a replacement for Roberto Di Matteo.
2012: September 17 – Appointed as the Football Association's new director of elite development.