By Harvey Byrne
Paul Mitchell has already left his role as head of recruitment at Tottenham, according to a report.
ESPN have claimed that the north London club have placed the 35-year-old on gardening leave, allowing him to find another job following the appointment of chief scout Steve Hitchen in February.
This follows on from a report by the Scottish Sun, which claimed that the senior Spurs man was the leading contender for the director of football role at Ranger after failing to convince Southampton’s Ross Wilson to move north of the border.
Mitchell handed in his resignation to the north London club last August after reportedly growing frustrated at the tight financial restrictions put in place by Daniel Levy.
He had served six months of a 16-month notice period at the club, but it is believed he is now free to join another side.
Mitchell joined Spurs alongside Mauricio Pochettino in 2014 after the two worked together at Southampton.
The senior man has been involved in bringing a number of big players to the club, including the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama.
However, it would now seem his future lies elsewhere while Tottenham hope to continue their progression up the Premier League table.
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