According to reports from The Times, Tottenham Hotspur’s head of coaching and player development John McDermott has rejected an approach from Manchester United.
The Red Devils are revamping their youth system, amid fears they’ve slumped dramatically down English football’s academy pecking order during the last few years.
They’re resultantly targeting a host of potential youth recruits, including Southampton starlet Jake Hesketh and Italian prodigy Luca Ercolani, and hoped to bring in Tottenham’s John McDermott to front their academy overhaul – with head of youth player recruitment Derek Langley set to step down at the end of the season.
McDermott currently serves as Spurs’ head of coaching and player development and has been credited with helping develop the likes of star striker Harry Kane, left-back Danny Rose and midfielders Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason.
But according to The Times, McDermott has now rebuffed an approach from United in favour of continuing his reportedly strong working relationship with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.