Thiago Scuro to replace Mitchell as AS Monaco Director of Football
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Thiago Scuro to replace Mitchell as AS Monaco Director of Football
by Jack Hyom

The Sporting Director behind Red Bull Bragantino's rise from the lower Brazilian leagues, Thiago Scuro, will succeed their highly sought-after Director of Football Paul Mitchell.

Red Bull Bragantino and AS Monaco have reached an official agreement for the transfer of Sporting Director Thiago Scuro. He will participate in the arrival and adaptation of his replacement and the internal task transition process until 30 June, when he will move to the French club.
Red Bull Bragantino

The Brazilian 42-year-old has been Sporting Director of RB Bragantino since 2018, the year they were promoted from the third tier, Campeonato Brasileiro Série C.

He played a key role in promotion to Série A in 2019. They have remained in the top flight since and reached the final of the 2021 Copa Sudamericana.

In a statement, RB Bragantino said: "Red Bull Bragantino and AS Monaco have reached an official agreement for the transfer of Sporting Director Thiago Scuro. He will participate in the arrival and adaptation of his replacement and the internal task transition process until 30 June, when he will move to the French club."

Thiago Scuro's appointment means that Paul Mitchell will depart, following the announcement earlier this year that he would leave once a successor is appointed and settled into the role. 

Mitchell, who previously held recruitment and scouting roles at Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, joined Monaco in 2020 from his position as Technical Director for the Red Bull group's clubs.

Speaking at a TransferRoom Summit in 2022, Mitchell said he was tasked with a rebuild project, turning an oversized, aging squad into a smaller group of players which was one of the youngest in European football.

“I’m someone that is always half full, not half empty," Mitchell said as he outlined how he rebuilt the club. "I’m very positive but it was difficult because what I found was a little bit of a mishmash of many different strategies, whether that be from the club, from the coaches, from the organisation itself, all stood facing me, looking me dead in the eye on my first day on a training pitch where I couldn’t see grass, only football players.”

“We agreed it would have to be long-term, we would have to be patient. I’m not a miracle worker, I’m not a magician. I need time to deliver these things especially when the damage was so severe. Let’s move through the phases, let’s create an identity, a philosophy, something that the market can respect again.”

FULL INTERVIEW: Paul Mitchell's rebuild at AS Monaco

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Mitchell outlines his AS Monaco rebuild project at a 2022 TransferRoom Summit

 

Having overseen back-to-back top-three finishes in Ligue 1, he is now reportedly sought after by a number of top European clubs. 

After announcing his departute, Mitchell told French newspaper Nice-Matin: “It was a very difficult decision. I loved my experience at this club. I have always felt a lot of support from President Dmitry Rybolovlev.

"We had several discussions about my mission, about the possibility of changing roles within the club, of extending my contract. I am very grateful to the President for trusting me. We have built a relationship based on transparency and honesty.

“But I have spent a lot of time away from home and my loved ones in recent years. I feel that the mission I had, which was to rebuild the sports project, has been fulfilled.”

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