A number of Tottenham Hotspur fans have taken to Twitter to congratulate Chris Powell and Ryan Mason after Spurs shared an update on the club’s academy management and coaching structure ahead of the new season.
With John McDermott leaving his role as Tottenham head of coaching and development to join the FA in June, Spurs have announced a shake-up of their youth department following an internal review.
Academy manager Dean Rastrick will assume overall responsibility for the youth programme, while former England defender and boyhood Spurs fan Powell takes up a newly-created position as head of coaching from Under-17 to Under-23 level.
Powell has previously managed Charlton, Huddersfield and Southend and is currently a coach under Gareth Southgate with the England national team.
He will work closely with Mason, a Spurs academy graduate and former first-team player, who has stepped up from Under-19 coach to become head of player development at N17.
Rastrick, Powell and Mason are joined by existing staff Matt Taylor, Wayne Burnett, Paul Bracewell and Perry Suckling in the club’s new academy leadership team.
Nigel Gibbs, meanwhile, has left his role as assistant head of player development to take up a coaching position at Belgian outfit Cercle Brugge.
Powell’s appointment and Mason’s promotion were well received by the Spurs fanbase, with some supporters wishing the duo well on social media:
— Aakash THFC (@LlorisFC) August 13, 2020
— Ankit (@Ankit_THFC) August 13, 2020
always liked Chris Powell underrated
— Trevor Adderley (@AdderleyTrevor) August 13, 2020
How nice Ryan Mason 😄
— rai (@GhostTrainerRai) August 13, 2020
Congrats to @RyanMason and it’s great to see Chris Powell back
— Mo (@Hotspur67) August 13, 2020
Welcome Chris Powell. Fantastic news
— Anthony 🐜 McDonald🎗 (@AntMcD7) August 13, 2020
Great to see @RyanMason get a promotion. Keeping the good work Ryan and COYS!!! 👍🏻
— Just Jason (@fadetoblack777) August 13, 2020
What a fantastic appointment Chris Powell is!
— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) August 13, 2020
I think Chris Powell is a great addition to the coaching staff.
His first team management experience at Charlton will be great to help the young lads develop towards our first team
— It all seems a bit trivial now (@MattyFrench82) August 13, 2020
— Steve Hilliard (@Hackett01) August 13, 2020
I’ll be one of very few people to respond about your actual tweet and congratulate the club on these positions especially Chris Powell and Ryan Mason 👍🏼
— Stu (@inremotepart) August 13, 2020