Man United failed with multiple attempts to lure John McDermott from Tottenham before he agreed to join the FA, Football Insider can reveal.
The London club’s long-standing academy director and player development chief will leave Spurs after 15 years in June when he joins the English ruling body as assistant technical director.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that McDermott was the subject of strong interest from Man United over many years.
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The Premier League giants offered the Yorkshireman various roles at different times, including the academy director role that Nicky Butt took on in 2016.
But McDermott knocked back what were said to be “very lucrative” offers from United to stay at Tottenham.
The FA have succeeded where the 20-times league champions failed by prising the highly rated operator from north London.
Spurs announced at the end of last week that McDermott is quitting to join the Football Association in three months’ time.
It is a huge blow for the club given McDermott’s track record in developing and shaping the careers of their youngsters.
Among the current first-team squad, Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Danny Rose graduated from the youth ranks as well as emerging trio Oliver Skipp, Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga.
His exit will also deprive Spurs of one of four members of their transfer committee, a group he had been in with chairman Daniel Levy, manager Jose Mourinho and chief scout Steve Hitchen in January.
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