Report: Manchester United looking to snatch Tottenham academy coach John McDermott

Manchester United reportedly want to appoint Tottenham's John McDermott as their new academy boss.

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United are looking to take Totteham's academy coach John McDermott to Old Trafford as their youth chief.

United fans have recently become disgruntled with the youth setup at Old Trafford, as whilst Sir Alex Ferguson brought the likes of Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs up through the ranks, the conveyor belt of talent appears to have slowed down in recent years.

The Mirror report that United's head of youth player recruitment Derek Langley has also become frustrated with life at Old Trafford and is leaving the club after 16 years in the job, leaving the Red Devils to look for a new head of youth.

Now, the same report from The Mirror suggests that Tottenham's academy coach John McDermott is United's top target, having earned plenty of plaudits for his work at White Hart Lane.

McDermott has played a major part in the rise to stardom of players such as Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane, and it's no surprise that other clubs are casting admiring glances in his direction.

The report comes just days after The Mirror suggested that United are looking towards Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as a possible replacement for manager Louis van Gaal.

Tottenham are enjoying great success, with Pochettino developing young talent at White Hart Lane, but they could become victims of their own progress. United will no doubt be impressed with the project in place at Spurs, and whether it's McDermott or Pochettino, Tottenham's top staff members will be wanted elsewhere - and chairman Daniel Levy must make sure that they stay at White Hart Lane and continue their excellent work, rather than leave for a rival like United.

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