By Emma Sanders

Mauricio Pochettino has told Daniel Levy who he wants to replace Paul Mitchell at Tottenham – himself.

The Times claim Spurs manager Pochettino has told club’s long-standing chairman that he does not want the club to appoint a direct replacement for departing recruitment guru Mitchell.

It is said that Pochettino feels it is unnecessary to bring in new personnel as he wants greater control himself over transfers.

Tottenham chairman Levy introduced a sporting director model when he took over the club in 2001 but is likely to support Pochettino’s wishes.

Mitchell handed in his notice in August and is due to leave the club in December, prior to the January window re-opening where Pochettino may hope to do business.

The pair worked together at Southampton before joining again at Tottenham but the report claims it wasn’t the Spurs’ boss who recruited Mitchell.

It is not believed the duo have fallen out, but Pochettino is more than happy to take up the responsibility himself and does not wish to work with someone else following his departure.

Since taking over as manager of Tottenham in May 2014, Pochettino has overseen the signings of 17 new senior players during five windows.

Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama were all signed during Pochettino’s reign but he could look to bring in even more names as he hopes to have greater control.

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