Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy comments on Paul Mitchell's resignation; suggests unfinished business

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

The Head of Recruitment will remain at Spurs until a still-to-be-confirmed future date.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel LevyTottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy has confirmed that Head of Recruitment Paul Mitchell will be leaving the club - but not before the close of the transfer window.

Reports emerged this evening suggesting the former Southampton employee had resigned and Spurs have confirmed as much with an announcement on the club's official website.

Levy is quoted as saying:

“Mitch has been with us for two years and created a well-staffed department and run our recruitment processes for the past two years. We understand and respect his wish to consider new avenues. The priority right now is the final few weeks of the transfer window.”

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel LevyTottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

“I know that, whilst most of our business has been completed, Mitch is keen to ensure we start the season in the best position.”

A final quote provides Paul Mitchell’s take on the matter:

"I’ve greatly enjoyed my time at Tottenham and it’ll continue to be my sole focus until such time as I move on to new challenges."

The timing of the announcement is unusual and while the quotes from Levy and Mitchell seem amicable enough, there is the suspicion that something has gone awry behind the scenes.

Spurs likely released the prompt announcement to avoid speculation mounting in the build up to their league opener against Everton on Saturday but the turn of events is undoubtedly a blow.

Tottenham's Vincent JanssenTottenham's Vincent Janssen

Mitchell was famed for his knowhow in the transfer market and has been involved in deals for the likes of Vincent Janssen, Kevin Wimmer and Heung-Min Son.

Levy’s mention of prioritising the final few weeks of the transfer window and keeping Mitchell in his position until then suggests that there will be further incomings at White Hart Lane before September 1st.

Spurs are thought to be close to completing the drawn-out signing of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Levy’s comments perhaps hint at further activity beyond that.

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