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Reporter Neil Ashton leaves NBC to start media consultancy firm

On Sunday, NBCSN reporter Neil Ashton announced on-air that his time with NBC Sports had come to an end. His unlikely destination? The popular English reporter has launched his own media consultancy business where his first client will be Manchester United.

Ashton has played a key role at NBCSN for the last several years where he has been the network’s “Premier League Insider,” sharing a unique perspective on everything from transfers to the latest board room and managerial changes throughout England.

In a 2016 interview with NBC Sports Coordinating Producer Pierre Moossa, the executive explained why Ashton was a key hire for the American sports network. “The number one reason we work with Neil is that he’s a journalist. He has absolute credibility. He’s not someone out there writing tabloid articles.”

In addition to relinquishing his role at NBC Sports, Ashton has also left his position at Sky Sports as the host of the critically-acclaimed Sunday Supplement. He has also left his role as the Chief Football Reporter at The Sun newspaper.

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Turning his focus to the future, the launch of his Ashton Media Group has embarked on the difficult task of trying to repair the reputation of Manchester United and, specifically, Manchester United Chief Executive Ed Woodward.

“Part of my job is to re-establish Manchester United,” said Ashton.

“I got to know Ed Woodward a little bit. I discovered that the portrayal of Ed Woodward is not accurate. It’s a guy that absolutely loves Manchester United.

“I want to change perception of not only himself but the ownership of the club.”

Given Ashton’s role with Manchester United, his decision to step away from NBC Sports and Sky Sports makes sense due to a conflict of interest.

According to a NBC Sports spokesperson, “Neil Ashton is an accomplished writer, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavor.”

The NBC Sports spokesperson did not specify a timetable for when a replacement would be hired.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Mik

    April 20, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    This aged well.. How’s your pr spin working out now neil #harrymaguire

  2. Aaron Harrison

    January 16, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Hopefully they dont replace him w a phony insider from the USA.

    Plenty of fraud “EPL experts” over here like the guy from the Wash Post and the moron from Philadelphia “The Goalie” lol

  3. Ritchie

    January 14, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    I will say that I hope this works out for him. He can’t go back to journalism if it doesn’t succeed.

  4. Ritchie

    January 14, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    I think it is too weighty to say Ashton “leaves NBCSN”. He was really more of a frequent contributor than a part of the cast. We saw him for about 7 minutes per week.

  5. me

    January 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    His Sunday Supplement replacement has already been announced as Jacqui Oatley.

    • Azer

      January 16, 2020 at 9:59 am

      Jacqui Oatley was working as a commentator on the world feed at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. I remember watching, listening to her, did not watch Fox’s coverage.

  6. David K.

    January 14, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    I looked forward to his analysis each weekend. Hopefully there is another journalist who can fill the role.

  7. rkujay

    January 14, 2020 at 7:28 am

    See what you can do to get ed woodhead a copy of the ‘home’ game. A director of footy would be nice. Stick ed upon Nike. They just sealed a deal with the enemy for more $$ than United got for a shirt sponsor.
    What have they done to my team??

    • rkujay

      January 15, 2020 at 6:40 am

      Sicc …the word is sicc . Sorry, but I think something auto incorrected what I wrote. Not to worry. My musings aren’t worth the read.

  8. Eplnfl

    January 13, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Always enjoyed his segments on the show. He will be missed.

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