Tottenham’s under-18s coach Kieran McKenna has left the club for Manchester United, according to ESPN.
McKenna, 30, has overseen the development of a promising group of youngsters at Spurs including Shayon Harrison and Marcus Edwards, who both impressed for Tottenham in pre-season friendlies against Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.
But now McKenna will be working with Manchester United’s under-23s. His exit is apparently unrelated to the departure of head of recruitment earlier this summer, and ESPN’s Spurs correspondent Dan Kilpatrick suggests the club is “relaxed” about the move.
It’s not exactly a mass exodus, but some Tottenham fans will be understandably concerned about two key staff members leaving the club in such a short time.
If ESPN is correct and Spurs indeed gave McKenna their blessing to leave for Old Trafford, there isn’t much to worry about. There has been an emphasis on youth development at Tottenham since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival, so the club is likely to move quickly to replace McKenna.