JERMAIN DEFOE has made an emotional return to Tottenham as academy manager and club ambassador.
The former striker has scored 143 goals in 363 games in two brilliant spells with the north Londoners as a player.
He will now pass on his wisdom as a coach after retiring earlier this year at the age of 39.
Tottenham have confirmed Defoe will be working closely with academy staff to pass his wealth of experience on to players in the U17-U21 age groups.
Defoe will join Manchester City legend Yaya Toure within Spurs academy.
The Ivorian great started working at Spurs unofficially in December last year before landing a full-time job this summer.
Defoe’s advice could prove invaluable for Tottenham’s next generation, particularly young strikers Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott.
In addition to working with the stars of tomorrow, Defoe will also play an ambassadorial role within the club.
This will allow him to get involved in Tottenham’s work within the local community and attend events with fan clubs around the world.
Defoe’s role will be similar to that of former teammate Ledley King, who is still seen often at the club.
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Since leaving Spurs in 2014, Defoe has played for Toronto FC, Sunderland, Bournemouth and Rangers.
Most recently, he took part in their friendly against Tottenham at Ibrox.
Defoe was on hand to present the Lilywhites with the Walter Tull Memorial Cup, named in honor of the former Spur and WWI hero, following their 2-1 win.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5984022/jermain-defoe-tottenham-return-coach/ Jermain Defoe makes an emotional return to Tottenham as the retired striker steps in as academy manager and club ambassador