Paul Mitchell seals surprise Premier League return

  • Newcastle United recruit Paul Mitchell to replace Dan Ashworth
  • The 42-year-old has built an impressive CV after hanging up his boots
  • Mitchell has lauded Magpies' 'growth and ambition'
Mitchell most recently worked with AS Monaco
Mitchell most recently worked with AS Monaco / VALERY HACHE/GettyImages

Newcastle United have announced the appointment of Paul Mitchell as the club's new sporting director.

Mitchell steps in to replace Dan Ashworth after the 53-year-old joined Manchester United following some protracted negotiations.

Formerly of MK Dons, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig, Mitchell left Monaco in 2023 and has long been tipped to return to the Premier League, with the likes of Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool all touted as suitors in the past 12 months.

However, Mitchell's return to England has come with Newcastle, who confirmed his arrival on Thursday.

"It's with immense pride that I accept the responsibility of being Newcastle United's new sporting director," Mitchell said.

"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."

Paul Mitchell, Breel Embol
Mitchell has long been expected to return to England / VALERY HACHE/GettyImages

As director of scouting and analysis, Mitchell's tenure at Southampton was instrumental in the club's promotion back to the Premier League. His innovative and progressive recruitment strategy allowed the Saints to exceed expectations. He further enhanced his reputation in 2014 at Tottenham as head of recruitment.

In 2018, Mitchell joined RB Leipzig as head of recruitment and club development. Two years later, he joined AS Monaco as the club's sporting director - a position he held until October 2023.

"We are delighted to welcome Paul to Newcastle United. He brings a successful track record and wealth of experience to the club," Darren Eales, Newcastle United's CEO, added.

"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."