By Jonty Banks

17th May, 2023 | 5:10pm

Mark Noble and Paul Mitchell spotted together in West Ham United director of football update - ExWHUEmployee

Mark Noble and Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell have been spotted watching games across Europe together as West Ham United continue their search for a director of football, according to ExWHUEmployee.

Mitchell announced in March that he would be stepping down from his role as sporting director at Monaco at the end of the season.

David Sullivan is set to make significant changes to the club’s transfer strategy going forward, with a new director of football set to be hired at the end of this campaign.

The 41-year-old, who has previously worked at Southampton as a head of recruitment, as well as at Tottenham and RB Leipzig, has appeared as a possible target on the club’s vast list of candidates.

“The West Ham Way have been told Mitchell has been looking at houses in the Essex area with his family, although this hasn’t been confirmed,” The West Ham Way reported.

“Another name mentioned is Michael Edwards, who has made a good impression in the post at Liverpool, however Ex has stressed that there are many potential candidates.”

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Strong body of work

Something had to change at West Ham United this summer, and it seems like Sullivan is looking to instigate changes in the boardroom to improve performances on the pitch.

After digging deep in last year’s summer transfer window, the Hammers simply haven’t been good enough this season.

However, whether this was down to a poor transfer strategy or the management of David Moyes is still debatable.

With West Ham now safe from relegation from the Premier League, it seems like Noble is stepping up his efforts to get a figure in place for the director of football position.

Both Mitchell and Edwards have a bulk of work in the Premier League under their belts, which is crucial, and both look to be great options for the club going forward.

Mitchell was a key ally of Mauricio Pochettino during his spells at Southampton and Spurs and was a crucial figure in the vast number of smart transfers both clubs undertook.

This certainly looks like a strong option for West Ham to consider moving forward.