Tottenham academy manager Dean Rastrick has decided to quit the club, sources have exclusively told Football Insider.
The long-standing youth-team chief is believed to have told the Londoners he is leaving after nearly 13 years for a new role at the Football Association.
He is set to link up at English football’s governing body with former Tottenham academy director John McDermott, who is the FA technical director.
Rastrick has been offered a senior role at the FA that he is understood to have accepted.
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It means he will end his lengthy association with Tottenham, that began when he joined from Norwich City in the summer of 2010.
The departure of Rastrick is a major blow to the north Londoners given his experience and knowledge of youth-team football.
It also closely follows the exit of Chris Perkins, who left Tottenham to join Arsenal earlier this year in a move first revealed by Football Insider.
The youth-player expert was was emerging talent manager at Spurs but left to take the role of professional development phase scout within the Arsenal academy set-up.
Perkins joined Tottenham in the summer of 2021 charged with bringing the best young talent from the 17 to 21 age bracket into the club’s academy along with academy manager Dean Rastrick.
This following a restructuring of the Spurs youth set-up the previous year when Rastrick took full responsibility following the departure of McDermott to the FA.
Rastrick has worked closely at Tottenham with the managing director Fabio Paratici, who oversees the club’s entire football operation.
Tottenham Under-21s are coached by Wayne Burnett, while Stuart Lewis coaches the Under-18s after Matt Taylor quit to become the Walsall manager.