Tottenham set to appoint Jermain Defoe and Yaya Toure as academy coaches as club continues overhaul | The Sun
JERMAINE DEFOE is set for a Tottenham comeback in his first job since retiring from football.
Spurs are reportedly bringing back the Premier League legend, 39, alongside former Manchester City hero Yaya Toure.
Defoe scored 143 goals in 362 appearances for the club over two spells.
And the Evening Standard report that Defoe is expected to take up his first academy coaching job next month.
Both are said to be handed their own age-group teams as part of a overhaul.
Toure, also 39, has been part of the Tottenham set-up since late last year, acting as a part-time coach.
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The ex-Barcelona midfielder was working with Chris Powell to gain experience on an informal basis, as he worked towards his coaching badges.
But he is now being handed a full-time position with Defoe.
Prem boss Scott Parker earned his first coaching job in the Tottenham academy.
The Bournemouth gaffer sealed promotion with a second-placed finish in the Championship last season.
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And Defoe may hope for a similar career trajectory as he looks forward to the "next chapter".
He has been working as a pundit on talkSPORT radio, after retiring in March following a handful of games for Sunderland last season.
In a statement on Twitter, he wrote: "After 22 years in the game, I have decided to retire from professional football.
"It's been a really tough decision, and one I have discussed with my family and those closest to me.
"I made my professional debut at 17 years old in 1999, and I feel now is the right time to bow out. I have had an incredible journey and have met some amazing people in the game.
"I now look forward to spending some quality time with my friends and family before moving forward on this next chapter in my career."
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