Newcastle United appoint Paul Mitchell as sporting director

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Newcastle United appoint Paul Mitchell as sporting director

Post by Over The Line » Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:06 am

Newcastle United are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Mitchell as the club's sporting director.

A former player whose playing career ended in early retirement due to injury, Paul is a well-respected sporting executive with a track record of success.

His non-playing career started in scouting and recruitment, initially at MK Dons, before prominent roles at Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, RB Leipzig, Red Bull Soccer International and AS Monaco.

His recruitment success as director of scouting and analysis at Southampton helped the club to secure promotion back to the Premier League and become regular competitors in the top half of the table. A unique and progressive recruitment strategy enabled the Saints to outperform many of its rivals despite having a lower budget, and he further cemented his reputation during a successful spell as head of recruitment at Tottenham Hotspur.

Paul joined RB Leipzig in 2018 as head of recruitment and club development, combining traditional scouting with data-driven analysis, before moving into a new role as technical director in Red Bull's global football division.

In 2020, he joined AS Monaco as the club's sporting director, devising and implementing a long-term development plan and transforming the club’s performance and profile, as well as implementing improvements at Belgian club Cercle Brugge, part of the ownership's portfolio.

Paul 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."

Darren Eales, Newcastle United's CEO, said: "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."

Was probably worth a new thread on this one to start fresh after Cashworth.

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Post by bodacious benny » Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:36 am

Seems to have decent experience and the red bull recruitment strategy has unearthed some gems.
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Post by Over The Line » Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:43 am

Very much enjoyed how Ashworth was played out in public, this went under the radar with no ITK's or leaks from the club.

The sooner people (twitter mainly) realise 'ITK's' and journalists tend to know nothing the better.

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Re: Newcastle United appoint Paul Mitchell as sporting director

Post by bodacious benny » Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:48 am

Over The Line wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:43 am
Very much enjoyed how Ashworth was played out in public, this went under the radar with no ITK's or leaks from the club.

The sooner people (twitter mainly) realise 'ITK's' and journalists tend to know nothing the better.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE HYSTERIA AND MASS PANIC?!?!?!?!
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Re: Newcastle United appoint Paul Mitchell as sporting director

Post by Over The Line » Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:57 am

bodacious benny wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:48 am
Over The Line wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:43 am
Very much enjoyed how Ashworth was played out in public, this went under the radar with no ITK's or leaks from the club.

The sooner people (twitter mainly) realise 'ITK's' and journalists tend to know nothing the better.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE HYSTERIA AND MASS PANIC?!?!?!?!
We have enough of that with Dan Burn at left back.

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Post by lassassinblanc » Thu Jul 04, 2024 9:15 am

Great appointment. Paul is great at what he does and a genuinely nice bloke too
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Post by TJR » Thu Jul 04, 2024 9:42 am

Seems like a good appointment. Better track record on the recruitment side of things than Ashworth so could be an upgrade.

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Post by Don Sholeone » Thu Jul 04, 2024 10:50 am

Some clubs listed there with some great recent successes with talent, looks like a great acquisition.

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Post by jpg » Thu Jul 04, 2024 6:53 pm

Seems like a good appointment with a good track record. This being announced almost immediately after Ashworth finally joined MU suggests they’ve had this lined up for a while… In which case he can hopefully come in and hit the ground running?

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Post by Over The Line » Fri Jul 12, 2024 7:36 am

Exclusive: James Bunce (ex Monaco performance director) will be joining new sporting director Paul Mitchell at NUFC as restructuring of hierarchy continues. It’s likely his role will be director of performance.
Never heard of him before but I'm convinced it means we are winning it all.

Imagine having a director of performance under Ashley <awe>

Edit: taken from when he was appointed at Monaco. Sounds like something we definitely needed to improve on after last season:
Under the direction of Sporting Director Paul Mitchell, the role will see James focus on injury prevention and risk reduction, monitoring physical preparation, performance, medical, nutritional and psychological aspects.

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Re: Newcastle United appoint Paul Mitchell as sporting director

Post by beatski » Fri Jul 12, 2024 8:06 pm

Over The Line wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2024 7:36 am
Exclusive: James Bunce (ex Monaco performance director) will be joining new sporting director Paul Mitchell at NUFC as restructuring of hierarchy continues. It’s likely his role will be director of performance.
Never heard of him before but I'm convinced it means we are winning it all.

Imagine having a director of performance under Ashley <awe>

Edit: taken from when he was appointed at Monaco. Sounds like something we definitely needed to improve on after last season:
Under the direction of Sporting Director Paul Mitchell, the role will see James focus on injury prevention and risk reduction, monitoring physical preparation, performance, medical, nutritional and psychological aspects.

Boggis and Bean to sign next

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