As reported by The Times, Manchester United are looking to poach Tottenham Hotspur’s academy chief John McDermott in an attempt to revitalise their youth system.
Manchester City’s expansive, state-of-the-art training facilities have negated United’s once famed youth system. While the Red Devils attracted the best young players under the keen eye of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club has increasingly lost out to Manchester City in recent times.
Disgruntled academy chief to leave Manchester United after 16 years
As reported by The Telegraph, Manchester United are set to part ways with academy chief Derek Langley after an association that spanned 16 years. The head of youth development is believed to have been frustrated with his role as the club imposed strict restrictions with regards to player recruitment in recent years.
The Times further claimed that Manchester United have identified Tottenham’s John McDermott as Langley’s replacement. Head of coaching and youth development at Tottenham, McDermott is likely to prove to be a tough target for Ed Woodward and company as they look to revamp their youth system.
United once again turn to Tottenham for recruits
This is not the first time Manchester United have turned their eyes towards Tottenham in an attempt to recruit their personnel. While the club’s interest in Harry Kane has been well documented, recent reports have linked United with Mauricio Pochettino for the top job. United were also interested in signing Gareth Bale from the London based club but it was the Welshman who decided to move to Spain in 2013.
It remains to be seen if United can successfully poach Tottenham’s academy chief this year. Renowned for being a hard negotiator, Daniel Levy would loathe to see McDermott join direct rivals Manchester United.