Mitchell appointed Newcastle United Sporting Director

Paul Mitchell: Most recent role was as AS Monaco Sporting Director from 2020 to 2023

Paul Mitchell: Most recent role was as AS Monaco Sporting Director from 2020 to 2023

Paul Mitchell has been appointed as Newcastle United’s Sporting Director, replacing Dan Ashworth.

The Englishman is one of the most experienced and respected Sporting Directors in Europe, having held senior roles at Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, RB Leipzig, Red Bull Soccer International and AS Monaco.

His most recent role was as Sporting Director of Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, which he held from June 2020 to the spring of 2023. Newcastle were eager to appoint a big-hitter following the departure of Ashworth to Manchester United, which finally went through this week after protracted negotiations about compensation between the clubs.

Mitchell said: "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."

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Newcastle United CEO Darren Eales added: "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."

Mitchell played for clubs including Wigan and MK Dons before injury forced a premature end to his career in 2008. He went on to become Head of Recruitment at Tottenham, Southampton and MK Dons, before being appointed Head of Recruitment and Development at RB Leipzig and then Technical Director of Red Bull International.

In his next job, at AS Monaco, he was responsible for devising and implementing a long-term development plan and transforming the club’s performance and profile, as well as implementing improvements at sister club Cercle Brugge.

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