Paul Mitchell (footballer, born 1981)

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Paul Mitchell
Personal information
Full name Paul Mitchell
Date of birth (1981-08-26) 26 August 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur (Head of Recruitment)
Youth career
1999–2000 Wigan Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Wigan Athletic 64 (0)
2001 Halifax Town (loan) 11 (0)
2004 Swindon Town (loan) 7 (0)
2004–2005 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2009 Milton Keynes Dons 59 (0)
2007 Wrexham (loan) 5 (0)
2008 Barnet (loan) 3 (0)
Total 162 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Mitchell (born 26 August 1981) is an English former footballer, who is currently 'Head of Recruitment' for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. As a defender and midfielder, he has represented for outfits such as Wigan Athletic, Halifax Town, Swindon Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Wrexham and Barnet.

Playing career[edit]

He started his career in 1999 with Wigan Athletic where he stayed for six years.[1] Mitchell left Wigan shortly after their promotion to the Premiership, a campaign in which he made just one league appearance against Leeds United.[2] During this time he was loaned out to Halifax Town in 2001, Swindon Town in 2004 and Milton Keynes Dons in 2005.[3][4] He transferred fully to the Dons in 2005,[5] where he played until 2008 with short loan spells in 2007 to Wrexham[6] and 2008 to Barnet FC.[7][8] Mitchell made over 70 appearances for the Milton Keynes Dons and was also the captain for a short while.

On 6 January 2009, Mitchell announced his retirement from professional football age 27, owing to injury following a bad break to his leg and ankle during his teams 2–2 draw at Notts County on 2 February 2007.[9] On retirement Milton Keynes Dons announced that he will take up a role as 'Community Ambassador' with the clubs Sport and Education trust.[10][11]

In June 2010, Mitchell took part and completed a 1000-mile bike ride for Charity 'Help for Heroes' in memory of ex-Wigan apprentice and close friend Lee Ellis. The team of five, made up of Mkdons friends and staff raised over £20,000 for the charity.[12]

Recruitment career[edit]

Following the appointment of MK Dons Manager Karl Robinson in 2010, a recruitment division was later created at the league 1 club and recognising Mitchell's ability both on and off the pitch, Robinson assigned him to his back room staff as 'Head of Recruitment'.

In January 2012, 'Mitch' made a significant move away from MK Dons to join Championship club Southampton as 'Head of Recruitment' at the young age of 30.[13] Leaving behind seven years of service to the MK Dons, the Chairman paid tribute to Mitch by welcoming him back in the future as a 'close friend of the club'.[14]

Mitchell went on to play his part in Southampton's promotion to the Premier League in 2012.[15] In November 2014, Mitchell gave Southampton notice and joined Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.[16]


  1. ^ "Where Are They Now - Paul Mitchell (Interview)". 27 March 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Leeds 0-2 Wigan". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 October 2004. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mitchell impresses as first Wilson signing". 14 December 2004. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dons hit by Mitchell injury blow". BBC Sport. 24 February 2005. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mitchell back with the Dons". 21 June 2005. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Rutledge, Lewis. "Mitchell makes Wrexham switch". Sky Sports. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Barnet sign Paul Mitchell on a months loan". 30 August 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mitchell joins Bees". Sky Sports. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Is this the end for Mitchell?". 27 February 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mitchell forced to retire". Sky Sports. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Community Ambassador". Mitch's Blog. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Paul Mitchell is fundraising for MK Dons Sport and Education Trust". Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Saint Mitch leaves stadium:mk for St Mary’s". 6 January 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Paul Mitchell leaves". The Concrete Roundabout. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Saints secure Clyne Deal". 19 July 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Paul Mitchell: Tottenham appoint Southampton talent scout". BBC Sport. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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