Mauricio Pochettino reacts to Paul Mitchell resignation; suggests he still has work to do at Tottenham

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Spurs boss has shared his frustration with the development.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has shared his disappointment at the imminent departure of Head of Recruitment Paul Mitchell, in quotes published by the Ham & High.

The shock announcement came on Tuesday night and after building a strong relationship with Mitchell at Southampton and bringing it over to Spurs, Pochettino is sad to see him go.

“I feel very disappointed with his decision,” said the Spurs boss. “It’s his personal choice. You know we have a relationship from Southampton and I feel very disappointed but when some person takes some decision and it’s personal, what can I do?

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

“He is still working with us and will carry on. We’ll see what happens. We need to finish the three weeks working together and try to do the best business for the club. Then we’ll see what happens.”

Mitchell will stay on until at least the close of the transfer window, suggesting that more arrivals could be on the horizon, but beyond that it remains unclear how his exit will affect Tottenham’s behind-the-scenes setup.

Spurs have been on an upwards trajectory since Pochettino and his staff took the reins and the impression of a completely harmonious camp has been tarnished by these latest developments.

Fans have shared their concerns that Mitchell’s exit could suggest deeper problems with the inner-workings of the club and only time will tell if those worries are merited.

Tottenham chairman Daniel LevyTottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Pochettino was clearly a fan of Mitchell’s and admitted that he tried to convince him to change his mind after hearing of his intentions, adding:

“Did I try to persuade him to stay? It’s obvious that’s what happened. But when you take your choice and personal things happen there’s nothing to do, only to respect his decision but carry on working.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

“He’s with us, he’s in the office. Last night we shared a dinner with all the squad and he was with us. Nothing has changed for the moment, but this is the most important thing - that we keep working in the same way that we were before.”

Spurs fans will hope Mitchell’s departure doesn’t derail the good work being done at the club in the long term, and in the short term they will be keeping their fingers crossed that any potential transfer deals have not been affected either.

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