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West Brom begin search for Ashworth successor

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Albion have begun the search for a new sporting and technical director with Jeremy Peace set to ask FA-bound Dan Ashworth to head-hunt his own replacement.

Albion have begun the search for a new sporting and technical director with Jeremy Peace set to ask FA-bound Dan Ashworth to head-hunt his own replacement.

The Baggies hope to keep Ashworth until the end of the season before he leaves to take up his new role in charge of the national football centre.

And his top priority in his final months at The Hawthorns will be to lead the process to recruit his successor.

Talks between Albion, FA officials and Ashworth in the last 48 hours have left the Baggies resigned to losing their highly respected football supremo, who has made it clear he wants to accept the challenge of heading up the FA's operation at the new St George's Park site near Burton-on-Trent.

The club and the FA could make a formal announcement before the weekend. The FA, who are keen to set Ashworth to work as soon as possible, have asked about buying him out of his £200,000-per-year Albion contract, which includes a 12-month notice period.

But Peace has made it clear he wants Ashworth to work a large portion of the period with the Baggies keen to keep him in charge of their football operations for the whole of this season.

Albion want Ashworth, who heads the club's scouting and recruitment department, to remain in charge for the January transfer window.

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