Newcastle hires Mitchell as sporting director to replace Ashworth

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle announced the appointment of Paul Mitchell as its sporting director on Thursday, replacing Dan Ashworth following his switch to Manchester United.

Mitchell has had previous roles in scouting and club development at Southampton, Tottenham, Leipzig and Monaco.

Ashworth’s departure to United was finally confirmed on Monday after months of negotiations.

“I’ve seen the recent growth and ambition of the club,” Mitchell said of Saudi-controlled Newcastle. “This, plus the amazing fanbase, made the decision to join an easy one.”

The 42-year-old Mitchell played professionally with lower-league English clubs including Wigan and MK Dons before his career was cut short by injury and he moved into off-field roles.

He was chief scout at MK Dons before moving to Southampton in 2012. He followed Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham in 2014, becoming Spurs’ head of recruitment and signing players like Dele Alli and Son Heung-min.

He later joined the Red Bull group, spending time with Leipzig and New York before being appointed as Monaco’s sporting director in 2020.


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