Former Spurs academy head John McDermott receives FA promotion within months

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Dom Le Roy

The Football Association have confirmed that Tottenham’s former head of academy, John McDermott will take over as FA technical director at the end of the year, replacing Les Reed.

McDermott left Tottenham in the summer to begin his new role as assistant technical director at the FA (Evening Standard).

The 51-year-old spent the last fifteen years in North London and several academy talents, including the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend, made the successful transition from youth to first-team during that time.

The Daily Mail previously reported that the position of Assistant Technical Director was likely to be a temporary one for McDermott and that the former Spurs man was earmarked to replace Les Reed as the FA’s Technical Director following Euro 2021.

However, it now appears that McDermott is set up to take over quicker than initially anticipated, with the FA confirming that he will start in his new role by the end of the year.

A statement by the FA read: “We can confirm that Les Reed will leave his role as technical director at the end of the year, with John McDermott stepping up as his successor.

“With the delay to international football meaning five senior tournaments will take place over the next four years and having completed a restructure of the technical division, Reed wanted to ensure a stable leadership team could be in place to drive The FA through this condensed period.”

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