Newcastle United are looking at director of football options for after their takeover and several names have been mentioned as potential candidates.
Luis Campos, Owen Brown, and Frank McParland have all been linked with the role but The Shields Gazette has also highlighted former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton recruitment guru Paul Mitchell as an option.
The report claims that the current RB Leipzig director of football is being considered and it would be an interesting development based on his relationship with Mauricio Pochettino.
The same report suggests that Pochettino might not be open to working with a director of football if he is indeed appointed as the new manager at St James’ Park post-takeover.
However, Mitchell might be the only exception.
Mitchell worked with Pochettino both at Tottenham and Southampton and the pair had an excellent working relationship when it came to identifying and going after transfer targets.
The duo’s excellent relationship saw the signature and development of several top players such as Heung-min Son, Dele Alli, and Toby Alderwerield, whilst Mitchell also put in the groundwork for the deal that saw Virgil van Dijk first head to England.
Mitchell eventually departed Tottenham in acrimonious circumstances, seemingly stemming from the delayed transfer of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
His problems with the North London club always seemed to be due to a disagreement with the hierarchy at Spurs, not Pochettino. Indeed, The Guardian made it clear Mitchell and Pochettino had experienced no breakdown in relations, with Mitchell instead struggling to work with chairman Daniel Levy.
Indeed, speaking amid Mitchell’s controversial exit Pochettino told The Guardian he was ‘very disappointed’ at his departure.
“I feel very disappointed with his decision. It’s his personal choice. We have a relationship from Southampton and I feel very disappointed. But when a person takes a personal decision, what can I do? He’s still working with us. We’ll see what happens.”
So whilst it appears that Pochettino might not be overly happy at the idea of working with a director of football, Mitchell could seemingly be the exception to that rule.