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John McDermott to join FA

Fri 20 March 2020, 16:30|Tottenham Hotspur

The Club can confirm that John McDermott is to leave his role as Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development to take up the position of Assistant Technical Director at the Football Association.

John departs after 15 years with our Academy, where he oversaw the development of an incredible array of players, many that have gone on to establish themselves as leading names in domestic and international football, including Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Danny Rose, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend.

John said: “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.

“Leaving colleagues and players is without doubt the toughest decision I’ve had to make; the camaraderie across the Club, from the Academy to the First Team, makes working here such a special place.

“I may be biased, but I doubt that any other club in the country has a sense of purpose and work ethic that the Academy staff, past and present, has shown to our players. It has been a privilege to work alongside some of the best player developers in the country.

“Our staff have relentlessly modelled and dedicated themselves to igniting and nurturing a passion for football in our young players – and to instil the highest standards of behaviours, competitiveness and style both on and off the pitch. I know through experience of meeting these players when they’re older and they return to visit us or even work as staff – those who embraced these standards recognise their importance for their career and life beyond football.

“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.”

Chairman Daniel Levy 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.

"His time at the Club will not just be remembered for the calibre of player he has helped to develop for our First Team, of which there were many, but also each and every young player he supported who harboured dreams of having a professional career in the game, no matter what level they were ultimately able to reach. The influence he has had on so many of our players should not be underestimated, particularly with the level of pastoral care he has always prided himself on providing.

"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.

"It is now vital that we take the necessary time and attention needed to identify the right expertise to move our Academy forward, reflecting just how important a role like this is to our Club. This process has already commenced and we shall provide an update in due course."