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Paul Mitchell Interview: Part 1

2 June 2015

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This week we sit down for a two-part interview with head of player recruitment/development Paul Mitchell, who talks about his role and requirements over the busy summer break.

In the first part of the feature, Mitchell talks about building a new relationship with a new manager at the football club - a crucial bond if the club are to recruit well ahead of the new season.

"Things have been pretty much the same as before," said Mitchell. "Dean's a footballing man, as was Paul [Cook], John [Sheridan] and Tommy [Wright] before him. So really you just get on with it - it's just about getting to know each other on a personal level.

"Dean's an easygoing guy - as I'm sure people will be able to see - and so am I, so you just get that relationship started and get to know what he wants and what he's looking for."

With every manager having a different outlook on how to play the game, and the best players to help achieve that, Mitchell will need to work closely with the new manager to help identify targets and work towards drafting an optimal pre-season programme.

Mitchell said: "As we've got a new manager in, the first thing really has been to connect with Dean and relay to him the targets that we were interested in before. Find out if he's be interested in those and get a good feeling for what Dean's looking for and wanting to do - then we can move from there.

"We've also got to finalise the pre-season programme, and with Dean coming in there are going to be one or two changes that he feels will benefit us. Every manager does things differently in pre-season."

With the modern game as it is and playing squads in a constant state of flux, Mitchell explained that sometimes one key to success can instead be stability - something that has helped the Spireites to success in the last two seasons.

"If you've got a lot of players to bring in it makes things a little bit more challenging," he explained. "But I think in general you're looking to keep things stable and progress from there.

"You really want to be bringing in just two or three if you can because everyone has to bed in together, bond and get to know each other. 

"I think a plus point for us coming up from League Two was that there weren't a lot of changes in League One - everyone knew each other and they knew each other's games and what was required.

"We're always looking to shore-up the first team and this year with the reserve team as well we're looking to have a better underbelly."

The full interview will be on Spireites Player later today, with the second part of the written interview to appear on the website later this week.

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