Paul Mitchell proposed to take over as Chelsea technical director
Two of Chelsea’s three remaining bidders want to appoint a technical director, with Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell at the top of their want list.
Following the Ricketts family’s exit, the competition to buy Chelsea has narrowed to just three contenders: Todd Boehly, Sir Martin Broughton, and Stephen Pagliuca, all of whom are said to want Marina Granovskaia to stay on as director.
According to The Athletic, the bidders are now aiming to enhance Granovskaia’s squad by appointing a technical director.
Since Michael Emenalo’s departure in 2017, the Blues have been without a player in that position.
In talks over possible appointments, two of the bidders are understood to have expressed an interest in Mitchell, who has built a reputation as a recruitment specialist during his time with MK Dons, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, RB Leipzig and Monaco.
Reports from France have suggested that Mitchell could leave his position at Monaco at the end of the season after growing uncomfortable with a change in political climate at the club, although president Dmitry Rybolovlev is determined to keep the transfer guru around.
Monaco have been hugely impressed with the work Mitchell has done, using a limited budget to rejuvenate both their squad and that of feeder side Cercle Brugge, but a number of clubs across Europe have also enjoyed watching Mitchell work.
Newcastle considered him before appointing Dan Ashworth, while Ralf Rangnick has recommended Mitchell, with whom he worked at Leipzig, to Manchester United if they choose to appoint a technical director this summer.
It appears as though Chelsea are keen on Mitchell as well, but a move for the Monaco man will depend on who ends up taking control at Stamford Bridge.