Newcastle handed major blow in their pursuit of a new sporting director to replace Man United-bound Dan Ashworth – as Dougie Freedman signs a new deal with Crystal Palace

  • The 49-year-old was considered the frontrunner for the role at St James’ Park 

Crystal Palace sporting director Dougie Freedman has doubled down on his commitment to the south London club by signing a new deal in the face of keen interest from Newcastle. 

Freedman was considered the frontrunner to take over the vacancy at Newcastle as Dan Ashworth prepares for a prospective move to Manchester United. 

Mail Sport reported at the start of the month that Freedman was one of three final candidates being discussed by the club, who are currently negotiating with their Premier League rivals United while Ashworth is on gardening leave. 

Newcastle are believed to have been informed of the decision and must continue their hunt for a sporting director who can lead the club’s strategy during the upcoming transfer window. 

As recently last night, Eddie Howe’s side are believed to have been confident they would secure Freedman – before he put pen to paper to stay with her current club. 

Freedman has been at the side since 2017 and helped recruit crucial young players for the current squad including Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze, and Adam Wharton. 

The former striker’s terms are thought to have been improved with his new deal amid Palace’s battle to keep hold of their employee. 

More to follow.