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Mason believes Tottenham job will be tempting for top managers

Sat 01 May 2021 | 8:11

After Jose Mourinho’s sacking by the Spurs last week, Spurs are currently in the process of identifying targets for the Portuguese’s replacement. However, they missed out on Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers and Erik Ten Hag this week.

Despite those setbacks, their current interim manager, Ryan Mason, believes the Spurs can still attract top managers.

“Listen, this is Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. There’s always going to be people interested,” he said. “We have the best stadium in the world in my opinion.

“And also the best training complex in the world. It’s a fantastic group of players and a fantastic fanbase.

“So of course it’s going to be appealing. It’s a great football club. I’m probably biased because I feel passionately about it. But it’s a big football club as well.

“I think there’s going to be speculation because of the situation we’re in. I don’t want to spend too much energy talking about managers, because at this moment in time I’m the one leading and preparing the team and everyone associated with the club has to be pulling in the right direction these next five games.

“We’re not thinking about the next manager or who’s coming in.”

Although the 29-year-old caretaker is not putting himself forward for the job permanently, he has impressed people during his short reign as Tottenham’s boss, leading his boyhood club out in the Carabao Cup final.

“I think it’s easy to say he’s young, he’s unprepared. Yes of course I don’t have the top-flight experience that a 40 or 50-year-old would have but what I do have is 20 years of experience with this football club, I know everyone whether that’s the kitman, the cleaners, the groundsman, I know everyone.

“Everyone knows me. I have personal relationships with everyone in this football club so you can’t underestimate how important that is in an organisation, especially the structure we have in place here and that we want going forward. That’s important. Very important in any walk of life you work in.

“Of course I’m not silly, not naive. I’m 29, I am young but I’m very passionate about football.

“I believe I know the game and I believe I can communicate as well with the players and with the players there is a respect there which if you don’t have when you’re 40, when you’re 50, you’re not going to be able to communicate and get messages across.

“So there is a respect there and I’m sure that’s going to stay for the next five games.”

Following his early retirement from playing due to a fractured skull damage, Mason has been a coach for three years and believes he has been able to learn from some of the best coaches in the world.

“I’ve been very lucky that I had one of, if not the best, coach educators in the world in terms of (former academy head) John McDermott,” Mason added. “I was very lucky to come back and work with him.

“I had the exposure of seeing how Mauricio (Pochettino) and his coaching team worked and also Jose and his coaching team as well, so in my three and half years as a coach I’ve been exposed to more than some people get exposed to in 20, 30 years of coaching so I’ve been very lucky.

“Very fortunate in terms of that and also I’ve been very aware of that so I’ve looked a lot. I’ve listened. Tried to understand why they acted in certain ways at certain times so my three and half years as a coach, I believe is maybe 15, 20 years in other people’s lives.”


source: SportMob