According to reports from The Times, Manchester United want Tottenham Hotspur’s John McDermott to lead their academy overhaul.
The Red Devils are planning to revamp their youth set-up amid fears they’ve fallen behind local rivals Manchester City in English football’s academy pecking order. They’ve resultantly been linked with a host of potential youth recruits over the last few weeks, including Southampton starlet Jake Hesketh and Italian prodigy Luca Eroclani.
But it appears the Red Devils want a change in management as well as playing personnel, with United’s head of youth player recruitment Derek Langley set to call a day on his 16-year spell with the Old Trafford outfit at the end of the season.
According to the Times, United have identified Tottenham Hotspur’s John McDermott as their ideal replacement. He’s the head of coaching and player development at White Hart Lane and has been credited with bringing through the likes of Danny Rose, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane.
Consequentially, Spurs are likely to reject any approach from their Premier League rivals.