Pochettino confirms Tottenham return for chief scout

Date published: Thursday 9th February 2017 1:20

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed Tottenham have re-appointed Steve Hitchen as the club’s chief scout.

Hitchen began work on Monday, resuming a role he previously performed under Harry Redknapp, but the appointment is not linked to Paul Mitchell’s position as head of recruitment.

Mitchell tendered his resignation in August but is still serving a 16-month notice period at Spurs. He is due to stay until the end of the year but is unlikely to serve the full term as the club expect to find a replacement before then.

While Tottenham’s head of recruitment is responsible for the wider operation of player scouting, including analysis, data and networking with other clubs, Hitchen’s remit will be to identify talent.

Hitchen worked under former director of football Damien Comolli at White Hart Lane and followed the Frenchman when he left for Liverpool in 2010.

His most recent role was as joint-director of recruitment at Derby alongside former Tottenham scout Rob Mackenzie, but he departed when Nigel Pearson was sacked as manager in October.

Pochettino confirmed Hitchen’s appointment but was reluctant to discuss further details.

“Hitchen is true,” Pochettino said. “But we will wait until the club announce.

“It is one thing to confirm and another to release details. It is a different position to the head of recruitment.”

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