Yesterday Brighton and Hove Albion confirmed that they had secured the future services of former Baggie Dan Ashworth.
Our former Technical Director worked wonders at the club given our notoriously small budgets under former owner Jeremy Pearce and with the work he oversaw, we certainly saw some well-loved players come through the doors as we established ourselves as a Premier League club.
✍️ BREAKING: Albion have appointed Dan Ashworth as the club's new technical director.#BHAFC ????⚪️
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) September 26, 2018
It can’t all be blamed on his departure as he left for a role with the Football Association and England, but his loss undoubtedly contributed to our fall from grace and struggles in recent years – especially when we look at the switch in the type of player signed and, shall I say, the mental attitude they lacked when it came to fighting for the cause.
Heard alot of praise which is great but not much detail. What did he do at WBA that impressed ? Cheers
— WSL (@rdaley82) September 26, 2018
2/2 however he also developed our academy which is now bearing fruit with some great young players coming through, you will not see immediate returns, but your long term future will be very bright with Dan handling your recruitment & Academy.
— Ian Hutchings (@IEHutchings) September 26, 2018
Brighton fans, you have no idea how lucky you are
— Shaneo (@ShaneoTheBaggie) September 26, 2018
Ashworth did an excellent job at Albion. Was well respected at the club. Hope he has equal success at Brighton.
— Dave Neale???????????????????????????? (@baggiedave70) September 26, 2018
This is an unbelievable signing. Worked miracles at WBA, secured key signings such as Mulumbu, Yacob, Odemwingie for absolute pittance and built our now highly respected academy from the ground up. I was devastated when he left the club just a few months after Hodgson.
— LondonBrommer (@BrommerLondon) September 26, 2018
Great business that
— Ryan (@ryannwbafc) September 26, 2018
Biggest ever loss to @WBA…fact.
— Gavin Burt (@gavsw20) September 26, 2018
Best signing you will get, the bloke can find hidden gems. Very jealous from the other Albion
— steve WBA (@stevhc) September 26, 2018
In any event, he’s moving on and Brighton are now the beneficiaries of his skills, and as the above ably demonstrates, a number of our fans were quick to let the Amex outlet followers know exactly what they were getting.