The search is currently underway for Liverpool’s next sporting director, but while there could be a candidate at a Premier League rival, an appointment is unlikely.
With Jorg Schmadtke having departed the club at the end of January, a big decision awaits over the next long-term sporting director at Anfield.
Schmadtke had been considered a short-term fix, following the surprise exits of Michael Edwards and Julian Ward in quick succession, and his input proved invaluable.
But with a new era dawning as Jurgen Klopp and his staff also prepare to depart at the end of the season, finding the right candidate to oversee a major restructure is key.
Jacobs claims that a move for the 52-year-old is “[not] beyond the realms of possibility,” as Liverpool seek the establish their next Edwards.
But in reality, a deal for Ashworth is highly unlikely, particularly due to a clause in his contract at St James’ Park.
While Ashworth reached an agreement with Newcastle in February of that year, he did not begin work until June, when a sum of around £5 million was paid to release him.
It stands to reason that Liverpool would need to pay significantly more than £5 million to simply appoint Ashworth now – which, despite their growing importance in the game, clubs largely appear reluctant to commit to for sporting directors.
Whether this situation would impact the club’s interest in West Ham technical director Tim Steidten or not is unclear, as the German holds a different role.
When it comes to Ashworth, however, a move for the man who concluded deals for the likes of Moises Caicedo and Kauro Mitoma at Brighton may be out of the question.