Sheffield United: Blades officially announce Paul Mitchell as new Head of Recruitment

Chris Wilder and Alan Knill
Chris Wilder and Alan Knill
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Paul Mitchell has officially been announced as Sheffield United's Head of Recruitment/Development.

Mitchell, who left a similar role at Chesterfield in April, has been working at United for a few weeks and has already played a part in helping to bring Jack O'Connell, John Fleck and Jake Wright to Bramall Lane.

The Sheffield-born former Gainsborough, Worksop and Alfreton manager told "To be joining and assisting my hometown club is a proud moment for my family and myself and now the hard work starts as we look to identify talent at all levels and assess future opponents.

"Although this is the first time we have worked together, I've known Chris and Alan Knill for many years, I like their philosophy on the game and I'm delighted that they believe I can help.There's been a lot of discussions with members of staff at the club and what pleases me most is that we have a clear view on how we take this club forward."

Mitchell became Director of Recruitment at Chesterfield after initially being brought in by former boss John Sheridan and made chief scout. He was handed the role of director of player recruitment last summer after turning down an offer to follow Paul Cook to Portsmouth.