Spurs confirm senior figure is to leave after short spell with club

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that the club’s director of football operations, Trevor Birch has left his post to become the EFL chief executive just three months after taking charge at the club.

The club announced at the start of September that Birch had left his role as Swansea City chairman to take over as Spurs’ director of football operations.

Tottenham revealed that there would be restructuring at the top of the club, with Birch being part of a three-person football board, including the director of football administration and governance, Rebecca Caplehorn and technical performance director, Steve Hitchen.

The Athletic revealed at the time that Birch’s financial expertise and intimate knowledge of how football works from top to bottom appealed to Levy and that his new role would help the Tottenham chairman take a step down from the day to day running of the club.

Additionally, it was hoped that his connections and his business acumen would come in handy for the Lilywhites in the transfer market with the club having signed Joe Rodon from his former employer.

However, Tottenham now have to look for a replacement for the 62-year-old, who has agreed to take over as EFL’s chief executive.

Birch said regarding his move: “I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Spurs, however the opportunity to play a role in the EFL at such a crucial time is one I couldn’t turn down.

“There is a big job to be done dealing with the effect of the pandemic, together with participating in discussions on the future structure of football and I hope I can make a meaningful contribution to that process.”

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