On November 26th 2014, Tottenham Hotspur announced that Paul Mitchell had joined the club as Head of Recruitment and Analysis, which received a number of positive reactions.
Indeed, loads of supporters were delighted with club’s decision to appoint Paul Mitchell, as they took to Twitter to express their delight over the announcement.
@SpursOfficial great news! Now sack Baldini
— Sone Palda (@sonepalda) November 26, 2014
— Matt (@_bmb) November 26, 2014
@SpursOfficial Best signing in the past 3 years.
— Declan Wiseman (@Wizward) November 26, 2014
@SpursOfficial Best news we've had all season! Great bloke to bring to the club! Looking forward to January and Summer now!
— Unmensch (@AverageSpursfan) November 26, 2014
@SpursOfficial great acquisition!
— ㅤ (@G0Spurs) November 26, 2014
— Lianne Reilly (@LianneTHFC19) November 26, 2014
Paul Mitchell began his scouting career at Milton Keynes Dons as a 27-year-old after being forced to retire through injury. He was soon promoted to head of recruitment by Karl Robinson before moving to St Mary’s in January 2012.
His eye for talent was soon apparent as he developed young British stars Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers and Nathaniel Clyne during his time at Southampton. He also managed to help bring in the likes of Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Toby Alderweireld, who have gone on to become stars in the Premier League.
The Englishman had a very close relationship with Mauricio Pochettino during his time at St Mary’s and Daniel Levy decided to reunite him with the Argentine in North London. It’s safe to say this was a brilliant decision as he helped sign a number of talents, including the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier.
However, Mitchell resigned from his role at Spurs in August 2016 after less than two years in the role, with The Guardian suggesting he fell out with club chairman Daniel Levy.
It comes as no surprise that fans were delighted to see Paul Mitchell join the club as he made a name for himself on the transfer front, with Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier all starring in Pochettino’s current side. It’s just a shame that they couldn’t hold onto him as he’s already worked wonders since moving to Germany.