Ryan Mason has told his pre-Southampton press conference – as per Football London – that he has spoken to both Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy since Tottenham Hotspur confirmed he had been installed as interim manager of the London club.
Jose Mourinho was given his marching orders on Monday after a 2-2 draw with Everton left Spurs in seventh place, five points off the top four with six league games to play. Mason comes in with a Carabao Cup final on the horizon this Sunday.
Still only 29, Mason retired early after a head injury while playing for Hull City against Chelsea – but has since been working in the club’s academy with the Under-18 and Under-23 sides. Now, he takes charge against Southampton on Wednesday night.
Asked about any contact with Pochettino and what Levy has told him, Mason confirmed that he has spoken to both the Paris Saint-Germain manager and the Spurs chairman since taking over as interim boss and shared details of his conversations.
“We [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 said when asked about his talks with Levy.
On texting Pochettino, his former Tottenham manager, Mason shared: “Yes I’ve exchanged a few messages and with his coaching team. He’s a busy man.”
TBR’s view – Can Mason take Spurs to glory?
One thing that Mason will have, that Mourinho did not, is the love of the Tottenham fanbase. As soon as Mourinho was appointed, there were critics about his arrival – especially considering he had replaced Pochettino. Mason is adored by Spurs.
Whether he is experienced enough to go on and win the job on a full-time basis, remains unlikely. But there is a chance, and a win against Southampton on Wednesday night would go a long way to convincing sections of Spurs fans who are nervous.