Tottenham's Head of Player Identification has been linked to a role at Derby County, just hours after Paul Mitchell was reported to be leaving North London.
Tottenham's training ground at Hotspur Way
Head of Recruitment Paul Mitchell has already been confirmed as departing the club in the near future, possibly after the summer transfer window has shut at the end of the month, but now it seems that his natural successor is also leaving.
Rob Mackenzie, Head of Player Identification, who arrived from Leicester City only last year, is also set to leave Hotspur Way, with the report suggesting he is set to take a role at Derby County, perhaps in a more senior position.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
The news is another blow to the Spurs hierarchy, having worked hard to put in place a system that best serves manager Mauricio Pochettino when it comes to providing him with the players that fit his plans.
Mitchell's departure is of course particularly disappointing considering his close relationship to Pochettino, but it seemed feasible that Mackenzie would be the inevitable choice to take the reins in terms of player recruitment, considering the job similarity.
Now it appears as if Tottenham will have to completely overhaul their transfer strategy, which could see Pochettino take a more active role in identification and recruitment, with his role changing to manager from head coach after a contract extension earlier in the year.
The reason for Mitchell and Mackenzie leaving has not been made clear, though media reports such as in the Guardian have suggested that chairman Daniel Levy didn't have a strong relationship with the former, with the Spurs supremo famously stubborn when it comes to transfer business.
Tottenham Hotspur owner Joe Lewis (L) and chairman Daniel Levy in the stands