Steve Diamond, his boss at the Manchester club, had claimed the ex-England back departed due to a “difference of opinion”.
Sharks announced on Monday of last week that the winger was departing with immediate effect after the club reached a mutual agreement with the 32-year-old regarding the termination of his contract.
Diamond said the following day: “There is no situation, just a disagreement on how we want to play the game. He wants to do it one way, I want to do it another and that’s it, so end of story.”
However, Ashton has now had his say on a dramatic departure which resulted in him being announced as a Harlequins player two days after he was released by Sale.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast, Ashton explained: “I didn’t feel as though we had the relationship that I’d hoped for.
“We did bang heads on a few things but it’s only because I wanted the club to get better and win. It was never any other way than that.
“It is a shock that Steve said that and it’s a shock he said it to me last Monday night, that he felt that way. I could have gone in and said I want to change this opinion you have of me but I didn’t necessarily believe it was right.
“After I got home from my meeting (with Diamond) my mum and missus said ‘what’s wrong with you’. I must have been as white as some kitchen cupboards. They said ‘what’s up?’ ‘I haven’t got a job, I don’t think I’ve got a job’ – it was that fast.”
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