FA technical director Les Reed to stand down with John McDermott his replacement

Les Reed will stand down as FA technical director at the end of 2020 and be replaced by John McDermott.

McDermott, who has worked closely with Reed since being recruited in May, will move into the technical director role and lead the search for a new assistant technical director.

Reed joined the FA in 2018 for his third spell with the organisation – and has worked across the senior, U21 and development sides.

He said: "I would like to thank everyone in the technical division for their dedication and diligence through a challenging period for us all.

"I was delighted to have been given the opportunity to return to The FA and had hoped that by now we would have returned victorious from the 2020 Uefa Euros and the Olympics.

"Instead my work has been focused on making sure we are in the best possible shape going forward to compete at all levels.

"With the impact to the international calendar due to the pandemic, and the men’s and women's Euro's being pushed back, I felt it was the right time for someone else to take on the challenge to ensure consistency of leadership through this busy tournament period to the 2024 Euro's in Germany.

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"John was always the right person to lead this. I am confident we have put in place the right framework to give us every chance of winning a major tournament in the next four years."

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said: "I am delighted John has agreed to step up and have complete confidence in him to continue to take the technical team forward while helping our England teams to achieve success."

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