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Newcastle urged 'stand your ground' in Ashworth battle with Man Utd

Newcastle United have been given advice by former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan.

The talkSPORT pundit was speaking about the Magpies' situation surrounding Dan Ashworth.

Newcastle's sporting director wants to move to Manchester United and has been placed on gardening leave.

“The challenge for football is if you're a lesser club, irrespective of who owns you, you will find yourself building something that is successful and someone else coming along and taking the fruits of your hard work," Jordan said on talkSPORT this week.

"With Ashworth, Newcastle took him from? Brighton. They did to Brighton what's been done to them.

“That's the way the world works. And the challenge for them is to have the diligence, which they clearly have had, is to protect themselves from a perceived bigger football club just coming in and taking when it suits them with no consequence, or a sort of balancing act for the club that had him.

“He's been there for 20 months and been responsible for two or three hundred million on transfers. Most of them have worked out well and now he's gone to Man United. Fair play to Newcastle. If Newcastle can go to Man United 'you want him? You've got to pay for it'.

“Would I hold out for my £20 million? Damn right I would. Damn straight I would. I'd make them pay every single last cent that I could possibly rinse out of them because they don't get to take my vision in the same way Newcastle had to pay compensation to Brighton.

“Man United have brought in £1.6billion worth of players over the last 10 years. Their recruitment policy has gone to the dogs, their development of young players has gone to the dogs – they're not a great football club at doing things on the pitch."

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