Tottenham senior man vying to make stunning Rangers switch - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham recruitment chief Paul Mitchell is vying to become the new Rangers director of football, according to a report.
The Scottish Mail claim the Spurs transfer guru is in contention for the post as the Scottish giants begin sifting through shortlisted candidates.
It is said Rangers chiefs will hold interviews with contenders for both the roles of manager and director of football in London in the coming days as they reshape the club’s management structure following the exits of Mark Warburton, David Weir and Frank McParland.
The Mail report that Ross Wilson, Southampton director of recruitment and scouting, has already held talks with Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson about the newly created director of football post.
Mitchell is also vying for the job and Brentford head of football operations Robert Rowan, 26, is reckoned to be an outsider for the opportunity to replace McParland.
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Rangers have made it clear that they will not directly replace McParland, who was the head of recruitment, and that made of the former Liverpool and Brentford man’s duties will be merged into the more senior director of football position.
Mitchell, who was appointed head of recruitment at Tottenham after following Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton in 2014, is serving his notice period at White Hart Lane after handing in his resignation to the club last August.
Mitchell was reportedly unhappy at the signing of Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar last summer after chairman Daniel Levy had failed to push through the signing of his own recommendation Michy Batshuayi, who joined Chelsea in a £32million transfer.
It would be regarded as a stunning move were Mitchell to switch to Rangers as the Scottish Premiership clubs are in a far less competitive league and do not have the resources of the Premier League giants.
Spurs recently announced the arrival of Steve Hitchen as the new chief scout although it has been widely reported that the club are planning to appoint a replacement for Mitchell and the interview process to find a replacement is close to completion.
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