Daniel Levy is making a number of significant changes behind the scenes at Tottenham this summer.
The north London club are gearing up for Jose Mourinho’s first full season as manager, which they hope will bring them back into the Premier League top four.
Mourinho, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the hot-seat last November, could only manage a sixth-place finish in the 2019/20 campaign.
The Special One is bolstering his squad this summer, nonetheless, with Matt Doherty arriving in a £15million switch from Wolves and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joining from Southampton for the same price.
Yet it is not only on the pitch where Spurs are strengthening.
Last month the club announced key structural changes to their youth setup following the departure of long-serving academy head John McDermott.
Academy manager Dean Rastrick has since replaced him and is flanked by former Charlton boss Chris Powell and ex-Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason.
And now Spurs chairman Levy is implementing a similar restructure of the first team’s football operations.
Steve Hitchen, who has worked closely with Mourinho since he joined the club, has been promoted from chief scout to Technical Performance Director – an expanded form of the director of football role.
He has effectively been performing in that role for some time, but his appointment on Tuesday simply makes it official.
The 43-year-old will have increased responsibility across both the first team and the academy when it comes to scouting, performance and recruitment.
After hanging up his boots as a player, Hitchen worked as a European scout at Spurs before moving to Liverpool.
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He then took key recruitment roles at QPR and Derby, before returning to White Hart Lane in 2017 as chief scout.
The former Blackburn star is credited with scouting both Luka Modric and Luis Suarez, encouraging Spurs and Liverpool respectively to sign them.
Over the years his role has morphed into a director of football role – and Mourinho is said to have been very impressed with his work so far.
Spurs also announced another important addition on Tuesday in former Swansea chairman and Chelsea, Leeds and Everton CEO Trevor Birch.
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The 62-year-old will become Director of Football Operations, taking charge of affairs at the club’s Hotspur Way training complex.
He will sit on their newly-formed Football Board along with Levy, Hitchen and former Director of Football Operations Rebecca Caplehorn – who takes on a newly-created job as Director of Football Administration and Governance.
In that role, Caplehorn will be focusing on the finer details behind the scenes; such as contracts, processes and best practice.
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