To counter the impact of losing Dan Ashworth to Manchester United, Newcastle has appointed Paul Mitchell as their new sporting director. Previously, Mitchell served in a similar role at Monaco and held senior executive positions at RB Leipzig, Tottenham, and Southampton, with a focus on recruitment.

Mitchell, 42, transitioned into scouting after an injury ended his playing career at 27. He now steps into the role at St James’ Park, which has been vacant since Ashworth was placed on gardening leave in February.

Following a negotiation over compensation for the former FA technical director, which was resolved last weekend, Ashworth has joined Manchester United, paving the way for Mitchell’s appointment.

Mitchell is expected to emphasize recruitment more than Ashworth, who had a broader role, but he will still be involved in various areas, including the women’s team.

Mitchell joins Newcastle as they have avoided a potential points deduction for possible breaches of profit and sustainability rules (PSR). They achieved this by selling Yankuba Minteh and Elliot Anderson to Brighton and Nottingham Forest, respectively, for an initial total of around £60 million. Reaching a settlement with United also helped balance the books.

With a new PSR cycle beginning this week, Newcastle plans to restock the playing squad, with Mitchell playing a crucial role. “I’ve seen the recent growth and ambition of the club,” Mitchell said. “This, plus the amazing fanbase, made the decision to join an easy one. I can’t wait to help continue the organisation’s growth and long-term competitiveness in all areas of elite football performance.”

Darren Eales, Newcastle’s chief executive and another former Tottenham employee, praised Mitchell, saying: “Paul’s extensive and diverse experience in football leadership, cultural change, and recruitment make him the ideal person to lead our sporting directorate.”

Unfortunately, Newcastle will be without midfielder Lewis Miley until October due to a foot injury sustained in training. Miley, who impressed after breaking into the first team last season, had returned early from international duty with the England Under-20s to expedite his recovery from a back injury but now faces surgery and a three-month layoff.