Dan Ashworth says FA exit prompted by England’s World Cup success

• Former FA director takes up role at Brighton & Hove Albion
• Ashworth says return to club football ‘not about money’

Dan Ashworth decided the time was right to quit as the Football Association’s technical director as the England squad landed back at Birmingham airport after their successful World Cup campaign in Russia last summer.

The 47-year-old officially left his position at the FA on Monday after tendering his resignation in September and immediately takes up a similar role back in the Premier League with Brighton. His six-year stint with the national set-up was marked by the move to the national football centre at St George’s Park. The senior England men’s and women’s sides reached semi-finals at major tournaments, while the U17s and U20s won their respective World Cups and the U19s claimed the European Championships in 2017.

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