Mitchell to step down as Sporting Director of Monaco
Written by Training Ground Guru — March 24, 2023
PAUL MITCHELL has confirmed he will step down as Sporting Director of AS Monaco once his successor is found.
The Englishman, 41, has been with the French club since June 2020 and has previously worked as Head of Recruitment at Tottenham, Southampton and MK Dons. His contract with Monaco runs until June 2024, but he will be leaving early.
Speaking to French newspaper Nice-Matin, Mitchell said: It was a very difficult decision. I loved my experience at this club.
“I have always felt a lot of support from President Dmitry Rybolovlev. We had several discussions about my mission, about the possibility of changing roles within the club, of extending my contract. I am very grateful to the president for trusting me. We have built a relationship based on transparency and honesty.
“But I have spent a lot of time away from home and my loved ones in recent years. I feel that the mission I had, which was to rebuild the sports project, has been fulfilled.”
Prior to joining Monaco, Mitchell was Head of Recruitment and Development at RB Leipzig and then Technical Director of Red Bull International. He has been linked with a host of big English clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool.
His number two at Monaco was another Englishman, Laurence Stewart, who is now Technical Director at Chelsea and appeared on Episode #25 of the TGG Podcast.