Tottenham Head of Academy John McDermott leaves the club to take up a job with the FA
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that John McDermott is set to quit as the club’s Head of Academy and Player Development to join the Football Association as an Assistant Technical Director.
McDermott is set to bring an end to his association with Tottenham after 15 years with our academy. He has overseen the development of an array of players through the years, many of whom have gone on to become bonafide stars at the first-team level, including the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Danny Rose and Ryan Mason among others.
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Speaking of his decision to leave Tottenham, McDermott told the club’s official website:
“After 15 years and so many incredible experiences at Tottenham Hotspur, I’ve reached the difficult decision to take on a slightly different role and challenge at this period in my career. I am extremely grateful to the Board who have entrusted and supported me and our Academy staff throughout my tenure.
“I am so incredibly proud of all the young men whose alma mater is Tottenham Hotspur Academy. I leave with wonderful memories, and no doubt Jose and the coaching staff will lead the First Team in bringing the Club even more success – assisted in the future, I’m sure, by many of our current Academy players.”
Daniel Levy expresses gratitude
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy expressed his gratitude to McDermott for his services during his 15-year stint at the club. As quoted by the club’s official website, he said:
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with John over such a long period of time. His contribution went beyond our Academy, he has been an integral part of everything we have sought to deliver on the football side and we will all miss his enthusiasm, insight and wisdom that he brought to his role.
“On behalf of everyone, I would like to express my gratitude to John for the many years of dedication and loyal service he has given to our Club. We wish him the very best in his new role at the FA.”
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Levy has further confirmed that the search for the next Head of Academy has already begun and an update will be provided in due course. (h/t Tottenham official website)
McDermott’s work during his time with out academy receives a lot of plaudits. Now that he has decided to move on and take up a new challenge in his career, let’s wish him all the best.