Chris Powell Named Head Of Coaching At Tottenham Academy

Tottenham have promoted Steve Hitchen to a newly created role to work alongside head coach Jose Mourinho as part of a significant restructure.

Hitchen, who was formerly the club's head of recruitment, has been promoted to technical performance director and will work closely with Mourinho while overseeing scouting, performance analysis and recruitment analysis and youth recruitment.


First-team recruitment and sales will continue to be decided by a committee of Hitchen, Mourinho and Daniel Levy, the club's chairman.

Levy has previously employed Franco Baldini, Damien Comolli and Frank Arnesen as technical directors but has flitted between structures depending on his manager.


Unlike his predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino, Mourinho is comfortable working alongside a technical director and has previously recommended Lille's sporting director Luis Campos.

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Spurs announce Trevor Birch as new director of football operations

Going forward, Levy will chair a 'football board', made up of Hitchen, newly-appointed director of football operations Trevor Birch and Rebecca Caplehorn.


Birch, 62, has joined from Swansea where he was chairman, to oversee the day-to-day running of Tottenham's Enfield training base, Hotspur Way.

Former director of football operations Caplehorn has assumed the newly-created role of director of football administration and governance, and will focus on player contracts and representing the club's interests in various external organisations, including the European Club Association and the FA.

The football board will work in tandem with the club's board, which was joined by new non-executive director Jonathan Turner, a technology and acquisitions specialist, in June.

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It is the second restructure Spurs have undertaken this summer after significant changes to their academy, including the appointment of Chris Powell, following the departure of John McDermott to the FA.

Birch, a former professional player, had previously been chief executive of Chelsea, Everton, Leeds, Sheffield United and Derby before moving to Swansea.

He was appointed by the Championship club's American owners in April 2019 following the resignation of Huw Jenkins two months earlier and with the club dealing with the financial hardship of relegation from the Premier League.

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