Tottenham Hotspur face the challenge of replacing Head of Academy Coaching John McDermott after he departed the north London club, as The Athletic understands.
McDermott took up the role for 15 years at Spurs and will now become the Assistant Technical Director at the Football Association.
He was also in charge of Player Development and is credited with bringing the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Danny Rose, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend through, who have all built an established career in the Premier League, whether that was with Spurs or other teams, as per Tottenham Hotspur’s official website.
One player he helped bring through more recently is Japhet Tanganga. The youngster has made six appearances in the Premier League in his breakthrough season, interestingly all coming under Jose Mourinho, who has been criticised in the past for not using enough youth players, as per the Daily Mail.
The fact that the Portuguese coach has trusted the 20-year old to play for him says a lot, and based off stats Tanganga has not let him down. He averages more aerial duels won, tackles, interceptions, shots and dribbles in the top flight than Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld this campaign, according to WhoScored.
The Athletic understands that Tottenham are ‘devastated’ by the news that McDermott is leaving and you can see why. Alongside Mauricio Pochettino, the north London club have been able to qualify for Champions League football through their high finishes in the Premier League and even reached the final last year before losing out 2-0 to Liverpool.
Given McDermott’s record in bringing youth players through and what the club have been able to achieve in his time, Spurs will find it difficult to replace him.
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