West Bromwich Albion has announced that Dan Ashworth is leaving the club today.
He is giving up his post as Sporting and Technical Director to become The Football Association's Director of Elite Development. He starts on Monday.
To be able to take up the new post, Mr Ashworth had to gain permission from the club to leave before the end of his 12 month notice period.
As part of the agreement he will be available to the team on a one-day-a-week consultancy basis until the summer.
“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."
Chairman Jeremy Peace.
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The 41-year-old will remain at Albion until next summer before taking up his new role at St George's Park.
Dan was given permission from Albion to enter into talks with the FA after he expressed an interest in exploring other opportunities. The FA had officially approached him ten days prior to the talks.
Ashworth has been Sporting & Technical Director at Albion since July 2008.
"The Sporting & Technical Director post is a position we firmly believed was vital to the success of this football club and Dan has helped to shape this role. He has certainly taken on a challenging role within The FA and will leave with our best wishes."
Jeremy Pearce, West Bromwich Albion Chairman
Dan is now the second Albion official to be recruited by The FA following Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England Manager in May.