Report: Spurs man leaves the club early despite the season not yet ending

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Dom Le Roy

The Evening Standard report that Tottenham’s former head of academy, John McDermott, has decided to make an early start at his new role as assistant technical director at the FA.

Tottenham confirmed back in March that McDermott would be leaving the club to take up a new position with the FA at the end of the season.

The 51-year-old has 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.

Although McDermott was originally due to start his new job in June, it has been revealed that he has already begun his work with the FA during lockdown.

The former Spurs man will primarily work with England’s development teams up to the Under-20 level, while also assisting England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd and Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate when required.

The Daily Mail previously reported that the position of Assistant Technical Director is just a temporary one for McDermott and that he will replace Les Reed as the FA’s Technical Director following Euro 2021.

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There is no doubt that McDermott will be a major loss for us as the Tottenham Hotspur academy has been transformed under his watch. Hopefully, he has put the processes and structure in place for the academy to continue producing a steady stream of talented youngsters for the first-team.

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