By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Paul Mitchell quit as Tottenham’s transfer guru because his dream job had turned into a nightmare, according to a report.

Spurs confirmed on Tuesday night that Mitchell, 34, had resigned as the club’s head of recruitment to pursue “new avenues”.

In a club statement, chairman Daniel Levy praised Mitchell for creating and running the club’s recruitment department since his arrival from Southampton two years ago.

The Guardian claim that a breakdown in relations with Levy was at the root of the departure of the man hired with a reputation as one of the best talent spotters in the business.

Mitchell worked with manager Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton before he followed the Argentine to Tottenham in 2014 and it is said the pair worked closely and productively.

But the Guardian report says that Mitchell had simply had enough at White Hart Lane and “the frustrations were so great and the job satisfaction so little” that he informed the board of his decision to leave even though his contract runs until the end of 2017.

It is suggested that the recruitment chief struggled to work with Levy, who is not only a notoriously hard-line negotiator but very hands-on in player recruitment.

The long-standing Spurs chairman admitted that Tottenham have wrapped up most of their business but stressed the priority of the hierarchy “right now is the final few weeks of the transfer window”.

Spurs supporters might be alarmed that Levy has seemingly slammed the door on new arrivals following just two new additions this summer in Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen.

Under Mitchell’s watch, Tottenham signed eight senior players, with the two major successes being Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli.

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.

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