Report: Man United failed with multiple efforts to lure key Spurs man to Old Trafford

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Manchester United failed with multiple attempts to lure Tottenham’s long-standing Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development, John McDermott, before he agreed to join the Football Association, according to a report in Football Insider.

Tottenham confirmed last Friday that McDermott is leaving his role at Tottenham in the summer to take up the position of Assistant Technical Director at the FA.

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

Football Insider now claims that McDermott was the subject of strong long-term interest from Manchester United. The Red Devils are said to have offered him various lucrative offers over the years, including the Academy Director role at Old Trafford.

However, McDermott reportedly rejected all of their approaches in order to stay at Tottenham before finally agreeing to join the FA at the end of the current campaign.

Spurs Web Opinion:

No one can question McDermott’s loyalty to the youth set up at Spurs given what he’s achieved here but the fact that he rejected Man Utd reveals how committed he was to the club. He helped completely revolutionize our academy set up and is no doubt going to be a huge loss for us.

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