Sporting & Technical Director departs for The FA after successful handover periodDAN Ashworth will today (Friday) leave his post as Sporting & Technical Director and begin his new role as The Football Association’s Director of Elite Development on Monday.
The club have given the 41-year-old permission to depart before the end of his 12-month notice period. As part of this compromise agreement, he will be available to Albion on a one-day-a-week consultancy basis until the summer.
This will ensure that the handover of Ashworth’s duties to Richard Garlick, who was appointed as Sporting & Technical Director (designate) in January, continues to run smoothly.
Chairman Jeremy Peace said: “Dan has worked tirelessly for this football club for the past nine years and leaves with our best wishes.
“He has remained fully committed to his club responsibilities since it was announced last September he would be leaving, for which I would like to thank him.
“The handover process with Richard has gone extremely well, which has enabled us to agree to an early departure date with The FA for Dan, and we now look forward to Richard building on the solid foundations laid by Dan.”
Ashworth revealed he is leaving with mixed emotions, both excited by the prospect of working for The FA whilst, at the same time, sad to be leaving a club with which he has built a strong bond.
“I have had nine fantastic years here and I just want to say a big thank to everyone connected with the football club – the staff, players and supporters,” said Ashworth.
“As with any football-related job, there have been some lows but we have managed to bounce back from them all and there have undoubtedly been far more highs.
“I would like to say a special thank you to the Chairman and Board for giving me the initial opportunity to join the youth set-up in 2004, for my promotion to the Sporting & Technical Director post and for allowing me to take up my duties with The FA as soon as possible.
“With the January transfer window now closed, the team having already amassed 40 points and Richard very much hands on in his new role, we all agreed this would be an appropriate time for me to move on, although I will continue to help the club in any way possible in my consultancy capacity.
“It was a really tough decision for me to leave but The FA presented me with a wonderful opportunity which I could not turn down.
“I have made a lot of friends here and developed a real affinity with the football club. My two boys have become Baggies fans and I will continue to keep a close eye on the team’s results.
“I’ve worked closely with Richard for the past two-and-a-half years and he has all the attributes to be a fantastic Sporting & Technical Director. I have every confidence he will make a real success of the role.
“I would like to wish the club all the best for the future.”