Dan Ashworth & Steve Nickson ‘under fire’ as club launch internal investigation

Newcastle are conducting an internal investigation into the Sandro Tonali transfer, according to Football Insider, to determine how our recruitment team failed to discover his serious gambling addiction.

The midfielder was signed from AC Milan for around £55 million, but he has now been suspended for ten months, preventing him from playing competitive football until the end of August 2024.


Sandro Tonali: Newcastle eligibility revealed after agent confirms  midfielder's gambling addiction


According to the report, sporting director Dan Ashworth and head of recruitment Steve Nickson will be questioned and ‘under fire,’ with the club eager to understand how something as serious as this could have gone unnoticed.

Newcastle will almost certainly be forced to enter the January transfer market to find a short-term replacement for Tonali, who will continue to earn a reported £140,000 per week, with the media linking us with loan moves for Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips and Al-Hilal’s Ruben Neves.

Hopefully, those in charge of the investigation will get answers quickly, allowing us to put this whole situation behind us. With so many games ahead of us and Tonali likely to struggle as his lengthy ban begins, we need to move quickly.

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