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Ryan Mason makes “appealing” claim over Tottenham’s chase for manager

Ryan Mason interim manager of Tottenham

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Ryan Mason thinks that the Tottenham manager job is one that will attract plenty of top candidates.

Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho last week and then appointed Mason as an interim coach.

The North London club are reportedly in the hunt for a new manager and Mason has admitted he has ignored the speculation about the vacant position, he knows what a catch the club could be for someone.

“I’ve not heard anything. I’ve shut myself off from it, but 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 fan base. 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.”

He added: “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.

“In my experience as a player you have to be ready, have to prepare yourself and you have to think and feel like things are going to happen.

“I had that as a player. I was playing a reserve game at Sunderland in the U23s on the Monday night and then on the Wednesday night I was at White Hart Lane scoring against Nottingham Forest and then that Saturday I made my Premier League debut at the Emirates in a north London derby.

“So I don’t think I would have been prepared for that in terms of ‘was he ready?’, but mentally I believed I was. I pictured those moments and I felt like I was ready for it so when it came I was ready and I acted in a way that it felt normal and it’s no different to the last three, three and a half years as a coach.

“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.

“Of course I’m not silly, not naïve. 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.”


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