Manchester United are currently undergoing a revolution in their academy set-up. They are expected to make an array of changes to their coaching staff in the coming months and had set about recruiting the best youth coaches that money can buy.
One such coach is Tottenham's John McDermott. He has built himself quite the reputation at White Hart Lane after contributing to the rise of youth team products Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll.
Officials from Old Trafford are believed to have made an approach for McDermott late in 2015, but, according to the Times, he rejected them in favour of staying with Spurs.
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While the effects on the immediate effects on Manchester United will be non-existent, it is a significant blow for Ed Woodward's vision to rekindle the famous production line that was once in operation at United's academy.
The likes of Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham all emerged from the same generation of players in Manchester, but the days of local talent making it into the first-team are evidently over for now.
McDermott was seen as a major piece of the puzzle for United in their rebuilding project, but he is said to have rejected United because of his excellent working relationship with Tottenham's current manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Zero in, one out
It leaves Manchester United in a continued search for new coaching talent, but surely their immediate concern will be replacing current head of youth player recruitment, Derek Langley, who is set to leave at the end of the season.
Langley, who had helped to bring Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Tom Cleverley through the system at United, is said to have grown uncomfortable with the amount of changes being implemented and offered his resignation.