Tottenham are losing the best in the business in John McDermott, according to Liverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

Tottenham confirmed on Friday that McDermott is leaving his role as Tottenham’s Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development in the summer to take up the position of Assistant Technical Director at the Football Association.

McDermott has spent his last fifteen years in North London and during his time at the club helped the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend make the step up from the Spurs academy to the first-team.

Some of the former Spurs academy stars thanked him for his role in their development and insisted that it was a big loss for the Lilywhites.

Inglethorpe, who worked with McDermott during six of his fifteen years at the club, said in an interview with The Coaches Voice in 2019 that he thought Tottenham’s current head of academy was the best in the business.

Speaking about McDermott, Inglethorpe, who left Spurs to join Liverpool in 2013, said: “I learnt from so many good people at Tottenham.

“I consider John McDermott to be the best in the business at doing what he does. I was very lucky to spend the time I did with him.

“He taught me about standards. That’s not just standards of actions. It’s standards of thinking. Standards of my thinking as a coach, and being able to pass those standards on to the players I was working with.”

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McDermott’s loss in no doubt a huge one for Spurs as he helped completely revolutionise our youth set up. Our academy was hardly producing any players for the first team in the few years before he arrived but that has completely changed in the last fifteen years. Hopefully, the structures he has put in place will continue benefiting us in the years to come.

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