According to a report from L’Equipe (as relayed by Sport Witness), Paul Mitchell left his role as the head of recruitment at Tottenham Hotspur because he was bored of Daniel Levy’s approach to doing business.
Mitchell worked wonders at Southampton under former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and followed the Argentine to Tottenham not long after he took charge of the North London club.
The 39-year-old played a key part in Tottenham’s rise under Pochettino, helping the club to secure talents like Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld for cut-price fees.
However, Mitchel decided to leave Spurs and took over as head of recruitment and development at RB Leipzig in 2018 and after two fruitful years with the Bundesliga club, joined Monaco as sporting director last year.
L’Equipe now claim that Pochettino valued Mitchell highly, not only because of his prowess at spotting talent but also because he acted as a buffer between him and Levy.
The report suggests that the former Tottenham manager wanted to ‘avoid endless, exhausting’ exchanges with Levy by having Mitchell as the intermediary.
However, Mitchell himself reportedly grew tired of having to interact with the Spurs chairman and that is said to be a key reason behind him leaving Spurs.
L’Equipe state that Pochettino and Mitchell could well reunite at some point in the future.
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This report certainly does not cast Levy in a good light. However, we cannot blame Levy for Mitchell leaving the club when he also swapped Leipzig for Monaco rather quickly, suggesting that he is not someone who stays for too long at clubs.
Besides, it is Levy’s meticulous and robotic approach (which probably can be “exhausting”) that has been a key reason for Tottenham’s growth off the pitch for the last two decades.
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