By Dominic Toner
Tottenham transfer guru Paul Mitchell has handed in his resignation, according to a report.
The Mail report that head of recruitment Mitchell has formally expressed his desire to leave Spurs after handing in his notice, despite his current contract running until 2017.
It is said that the reason for Mitchell’s decision to move on from White Hart Lane is unrelated to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The pair worked together at Southampton before Mitchell followed the Argentine to Tottenham in 2014.
Mitchell was a defender and midfielder for Wigan and MK Dons before moving into the backroom setup there, when injury curtailed his playing career, and became a talent spotter when Karl Robinson took charge in 2010.
He is largely credited for Southampton’s hugely successful recruitment policy developed from when he joined them in 2012 and which sustained them in the early years of their promotion to the Premier League.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy brought in Mitchell as part of his club restructuring plan and had to negotiate a deal with Southampton, where he oversaw their recruitment and the analysis department, to land the transfer expert.
Spurs’ have already made the signings of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen in this window but are now set to lose their chief talent spotter.
In other Tottenham team news, the club have been handed a boost as their star player has featured in high-intensity training.