A4 Not Starting after Clutch Replacement

Hi
I have a 97 A4 1.8TQ.... I recently took it for repair to a local Audi specialist who was recommended to me by a few of my friends who own german cars including Audi and BMWs etc...
Anyhow, when I took the car to him, it had only two problems: 1) Rear Passenger Bearing needed to be replaced and 2) Clutch was almost gone
He replaced the bearing and took the car for a test drive. When he returned, he told me the bearing was ok, but the car was 'dead' and the clutch was gone.
I figured teh clutch was almost gone anyway, so might as well let him fix it.
Calls me back today, 2 days later to tell me that the clutch is in and car is off the hoist, but the engine is not cranking for some reason.
My car doesn't have the immobilizer or a clutch switch (i.e. no need to press clutch to start) etc....and I never had ANY problems with starting...
So anyway he told me to come over take the car back...I get there, and of course, car is still not cranking....we checked the ground, power connections etc etc....all fuses, as well. Nada....
He hooked up the starter directly to the battery and car starts just fine. So now he tells me it may be the ignition switch!!!
I have never ever ever had any problems with the ign and I doubt it would go like that without any prior warning or symptoms...
I have a feeling its something between the ign and starter circuit thats causing this...and I really dont feel like I should be wasting my time searching for this info after paying him big $$$ but anyway...cant fight everyone, right! Besides, I need my car as my job involves a lot of travel and I cant just bus it...
Can anyone help out here?? What could be causing this?
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When you turn the ignition on do you get an amber light on the dashboard with a picture of a key? it should flash up once then go off, sounds like your imobil is f**ked, you may need to recode the keys, someone will help you out on how to do it.
Just clutching at straws
Ron
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