Dougie Freedman, a former forward for Leeds United, is allegedly on Newcastle United’s shortlist to succeed Dan Ashworth as sporting director.

Freedman presently serves as the sporting director at Crystal Palace, but rumors have surfaced linking him to a potential move to Manchester United. According to Mail Online, Newcastle is also considering him for a role.

Manchester United is reportedly interested in the 49-year-old, while Newcastle values his extensive domestic experience. Freedman has ties to Yorkshire, having had a successful loan stint at Leeds during his playing career.

Newcastle’s former sporting director, Ashworth, was put on gardening leave in February. There are ongoing negotiations between Newcastle and Manchester United regarding Ashworth, but it seems that the terms of the potential move have not been finalized.


Dougie Freedman is on Newcastle's shortlist to replace Dan Ashworth as  sporting director... but the Magpies could face competition from Man United  | Daily Mail Online

Freedman has been with Palace since 2017 and has garnered praise for his contributions to talent recruitment. Under his leadership, Palace has successfully acquired players like Marc Guehi and Michael Olise.

Newcastle is considering Freedman for a potential sporting director position, while Manchester United reportedly sees him as a candidate for the head of recruitment role at Old Trafford.

While Palace’s transfer dealings have received acclaim, Manchester United’s transactions have faced scrutiny in recent times.

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