FA poach Spurs academy chief who helped turn Kane into first-team star

FA poach Tottenham academy chief who helped turn Harry Kane and Harry Winks into first-team stars as new assistant technical director

  • John McDermott has left Tottenham to become the FA’s new technical director 
  • He spent 15 years with Spurs’ academy developing the likes of Harry Kane 
  • The new role will see him work closely with England manager Gareth Southgate 

The Football Association has appointed John McDermott as their new assistant technical director, news which delivers a huge blow to Tottenham.

McDermott held the role as technical director at Spurs and played a key role in the development of the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Andros Townsend and Japhet Tanganga.

But he has left the north London club to take up the role of technical director Les Reed’s No 2 at the FA, where he will assume overall responsibility for all England men’s development teams up to Under-20 level and work closely with Gareth Southgate and Aidy Boothroyd in their roles leading the men’s seniors and U21s respectively.

The FA have appointed Tottenham’s academy chief John McDermott as technical director

Sportsmail understands that former Arsenal academy director Steve Morrow was also a contender for the position.

The news comes as a huge blow to Spurs, whose academy has become one of the most productive in the country. But, despite the recent emergence of Tanganga, a number of youngsters have become concerned about their pathways into the senior team in recent months and McDermott’s exit will only heighten the uncertainty.

Tottenham’s current academy manager Dean Rastrick is believed to be one of the contenders for the role, while Morrow has his admirers at Spurs but his links with Arsenal could prove a stumbling block towards any move for the Northern Irishman.

McDermott helped turn the likes of Harry Kane and Harry Winks into first-team regulars

Both players have also gone on to play with England after progressing from the Spurs academy

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