Newcastle news: Tiago Pinto tipped to replace Dan Ashworth as Newcastle sporting director

In today's Newcastle news - Tiago Pinto expresses interest in joining Newcastle United as the new sporting director as Dan Ashworth nears exit.
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After Dan Ashworth agreed to join Manchester United, Newcastle United is looking for a new sporting director. The one name that has emerged as a potential Dan Ashworth replacement is Tiago Pinto. He is a former sporting director of AS Roma when Jose Mourinho was in charge and signed some key players who are doing great for the Italian club. Pinto was the man who signed the likes of Paulo Dybala and Tammy Abraham. He left Roma in January and expressed interest in taking over the job of sporting director after Dan Ashworth decided to leave the Magpies.

Newcastle news: Tiago Pinto tipped to replace Dan Ashworth

During an interview with i news, Tiago Pinto expressed his interest in joining Newcastle as a replacement for Dan Ashworth and also, gave a roadmap on how he intends to takeover the Newcastle job. The former Roma sporting director said;

"If a big club like Newcastle asks to speak to you, of course you’re interested. I know the club’s story very well because Sir Bobby Robson was a big personality in Portugal and we associated him with Newcastle. I followed the club because of that passion.

The work the new ownership has done has been very impressive – with a clever strategy they’ve come from a relegation fight to the Champions League so there’s huge potential at Newcastle. I don’t know if the interest is true or not but who would say no to a project like that?

I’m not the guy who goes into a club and says ‘Fire everyone and appoint people I want’. That’s not my style, I prefer to go in and learn first. A club is better if there’s a peaceful environment, everyone’s aligned.

I don’t like conflict. It is maybe a defect – I get involved in things that aren’t the core business of my activity but I want internal alignment of the coach, the board, all the departments. I believe that the more united we are, between every department, the closer we are to success."

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