Tottenham caretaker boss Ryan Mason reveals he has ‘exchanged messages’ with ex-Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino in ‘crazy’ 24 hours following Jose Mourinho’s sacking … but the 29-year-old is NOT focusing on whether he can land job full-time
- Ryan Mason is Tottenham’s caretaker manager until the end of the season
- He takes over from Jose Mourinho, who was sacked as Spurs boss on Monday
- Mason talked about his love of the club in his first press conference on Tuesday
- He admitted that he was not sure whether Harry Kane would be fit for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City
Spurs dismissed Jose Mourinho on Monday after 17 months in charge and chairman Daniel Levy has handed the reins to former player Mason, 29, on a temporary basis until the end of the season.
Mason, who was forced into early retirement after suffering a fractured skull in a sickening incident while playing for Hull against Chelsea in 2017, admitted he has ‘exchanged a few messages’ with Pochettino’s coaching team.
He also reflected on a ‘crazy’ 24 hours, insisting ‘anything can happen and you just have to be prepared and ready for what football can throw at you at times’.
Tottenham caretaker boss Ryan Mason has ‘exchanged messages’ with Mauricio Pochettino
Mason takes over the hotseat from Jose Mourinho, who was sacked as manager on Monday
‘It’s crazy. It’s football. I’ve had it as a player. Obviously I’ve had the experience of having to retire in this game,’ he said, in advance of his first match in charge against Southampton on Wednesday night.
He also stated that he was not focusing on his long-term prospects in the hotseat, when asked about whether he wants the job on a permanent basis.
‘Look it’s a bit of cliche but I only knew I was taking training yesterday. All of my focus is on the game tomorrow and then the weekend,’ he said.
‘I think it’s no secret that I love this football club. To spend 20 years of my 29 here, it’s a big part of me.
Mason played under Pochettino during his spell as manager at White Hart Lane
Mason was unsure whether Harry Kane would be fit for the Carabao Cup final on Sunday
‘We [Mason and Levy] had a very long chat. Once the news broke I was in the building. We had a conversation. I took training, we had another conversation and he asked me if I wanted it.’
Mason added that he was ‘not sure’ if Kane would be fit for Sunday’s Cup final against Manchester City, having picked up an injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton on Friday.
‘[He] didn’t train today. (We’re) taking it day by day. Not sure about the weekend yet.’
Mason will be joined by Chris Powell and Nigel Gibbs as interim assistant head coaches and Michel Vorm as interim goalkeeping coach, while Ledley King will continue in his role as first team assistant.