The Football Association have been seeking the services of John McDermott for several years before finally convincing him to join a few months ago, the Daily Mail has revealed.

Tottenham confirmed last month that McDermott is leaving his role as Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development in June 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.

It has been revealed that Manchester United tried in vain to snatch him from Spurs on multiple occasions but the 51-year-old stayed loyal to the Lilywhites (Football Insider).

The Daily Mail has now claimed that the FA have been long-time admirers of McDermott’s work with the young players at Tottenham and headhunted their man for several years before finally acquiring his services.

It is further revealed that the position of assistant technical director is just a temporary one for McDermott and he will replace Les Reed as the FA’s technical director following Euro 2021.

Spurs Web Opinion

McDermott’s work at Tottenham is underappreciated as he managed to transform our academy. Before he arrived, our academy struggled to produce players of the requisite quality but in the last decade and a half, we haven’t just seen the likes of Kane and Winks make the transition successfully but the club has also made considerable profits on players such as Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend, Adam Smith, Alex Pritchard and several others who moved on to other clubs.

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