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NEWCASTLE UNITED APPOINT PAUL MITCHELL AS SPORTING DIRECTOR

Dan Asworth replacement now in place


 "It's with immense pride that I accept the responsibility of being Newcastle United's new sporting director. I've "It's with immense pride that I accept the responsibility of being Newcastle United's new sporting director. I've seen the recent growth and ambition of the club. This, plus the amazing fan base, made the decision to join an easy one. I can't wait to get started and help continue the organisation's growth and long-term competitiveness in all areas of elite football performance."seen th


e recent growth and ambition of the club. This, plus the amazing fan base, made the decision to join aneasy

one. I can't wait to get started and help continue the organisation's growth and long-term competitiveness in all areas of elite football performance." "It's with immense pride that I accept the responsibility of being Newcastle Darren Eales, Newcastle United's CEO, said: "We are delighted to welcome Paul to Newcastle United. He brings a successful track record and wealth of experience to the club.

Darren Eales, Newcastle United's CEO, said: "We are delighted to welcome Paul to Newcastle United. He brings a successful track record and wealth of experience to the club.

"His extensive and diverse experience in football leadership, cultural change and recruitment mean he is the ideal person to lead our sporting directorate.

"We look forward to working with Paul and supporting him in our pursuit of long-term, sustainable success.""His extensive and diverse experience in football leadership, cultural change and recruitment mean he is the ideal person to lead our sporting directorate.

So, the search to replace Dan Ashworth as Sporting Director (aka Director of Football) is over and Paul Mitchell lands the gig.


So, what do we know about Paul Mitchell?


Following Milton Keynes Dons' appointment of Karl Robinson as manager in 2010, the club created a recruitment division and named Mitchell as the club's first Head of Recruitment. He was notably responsible for the signing of former England international Alan Smith.


In January 2012, Mitchell joined Championship club Southampton as Head of Recruitment. The club gained promotion to the Premier League in his first season and Mitchell was instrumental in identifying and appointing Mauricio Pochettino in January 2013.


Following Pochettino's move to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Mitchell completed his switch to the North London club in November 2014 to renew his association with the manager. He helped the club sign players such as Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld. In August 2016, reports suggested Mitchell was to leave the club "after his dream job turned into a nightmare" and he had fallen out with chairman Daniel Levy. In December, it was revealed Mitchell was serving his 16-month notice period.


In February 2018, Mitchell was named Head of Recruitment and Development by Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. In his first transfer window with the club, Mitchell helped sign Matheus Cunha and Nordi Mukiele, as well as Arsenal youth prospect Emile Smith Rowe on loan. Mitchell attracted interest from several Premier League clubs throughout 2019 and was heavily linked to a move to Manchester United. Reports suggested he could be offered an expanded role as Technical Director to oversee Red Bull's global football – including FC Liefering, Red Bull Salzburg and the New York Red Bulls.


In June 2020, Mitchell joined Monaco as sporting director. His signings there include Axel Disasi (now Chelsea: Paid £13m: Sale Price £45m)."We look forward to working with Paul and supporting him in our pursuit of long-term, sustainable success."United's new sporting director. I've seen the recent growth and ambition of the club. This, plus the amazing fan base, made the decision to join easy one. I can't wait to get started and help continue the organisation's growth and long-term competitiveness in all areas of elite football performance."

  

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