Former Southampton head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is quitting Tottenham already.
Tottenham Hotspur Fans
It is less than two years since Tottenham lured Southampton head of recruitment Paul Mitchell away from the club to join head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
So it came as a big surprise last night when it was confirmed that Mitchell has offered his resignation at Tottenham, with the club and chairman Daniel Levy admitting as such on the team's official website.
The Mirror report Mitchell is tempted to join Leicester City, who have a vacancy after Steve Walsh left the club to become Everton's director of football.
Here is a look at how Southampton fans reacted to the developments, with some suggesting they would be more than happy to have him back at the club...
Paul Mitchell is resigning from Spurs...Come on home Paul! #saintsfc— Mike Cheese (@mike_cheese) August 9, 2016
Paul Mitchell to Leicester? Nahhh come back to #saintsfc— ScummerAndProud (@sparkythebabler) August 9, 2016
Interesting, Paul Mitchell off and Spurs struggling to tie players down to long term contracts. Saints meltdown? spurs meltdown? #saintsfc— SaintsVerdict (@SaintsVerdict) August 9, 2016
While clearly a blow to Tottenham, Southampton have continued to buy smartly since his exit, as shown by the signings of Nathan Redmond and Alex McCarthy this summer.
The Saints finished sixth in the Premier League last season and the departure of Ronald Koeman is more likely to be a more significant blow than Mitchell's departure was, yet with their recent record of bouncing back after personnel departures, it would be wise to bet on replacement Claude Puel being a success.
Southampton manager Claude Puel