Tottenham’s highly rated head of coaching and player development, John McDermott has rebuffed Manchester United’s approach to join the Old Trafford club as their academy chief. United’s academy has seen a sharp decline as the Old Trafford club have been unable to snap up new talent a reason for which might be the departure of key staff from the academy. Over the last few seasons, not too many United youngsters have gone on to make a mark at the top level which is a big worry for the club.

To arrest this decline, United have planned a revamp of their academy set-up and wanted to bring Tottenham’s McDermott on board but, according to The Times, McDermott have rebuffed United’s offer and is keen to stay with the North London club, where he has a strong working relationship.

John McDermott, is currently the head of coaching and player development for Spurs and is credited with the development of Harry Kane, another Manchester United target . After Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival at Tottenham, many youngsters have been a part of the Spurs first team setup and John McDermott has a big hand in that.

Tom Carroll, Ben Davies, Harry Kane, Ryan Mason were all part of the Spurs academy setup before stepping up to the first team. Apart from the academy prospects, many talented youngsters have been signed by Tottenham recently- Clinton N’Jie, Dele Alli, Eric Dier. Dele Alli has been the talk of the town this season and credit must go to the Spurs scouting and recruitment team for signing him up.

McDermott’s show of loyalty is good news for Tottenham, and the fact that their academy chief is in demand speaks volumes about their youth setup. Spurs fans can now expect a similar response from Mauricio Pochettino should United come calling for his services.