Alasdair Gold makes Mikel Arteta claim about Tottenham’s Ryan Mason

Alasdair Gold claims Ryan Mason is the closest thing Tottenham have to a Mikel Arteta story, as a young, former player with no real managerial experience.

Tottenham are in search of a new permanent manager after parting ways with Antonio Conte at the end of last month.

His former assistant Cristian Stellini is temporarily in charge, with support from Mason until the end of the season.

Cristian Stellini Ryan Mason
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Mason has previously taken over as caretaker manager for Spurs back in 2021, when Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties.

The young coach looks to have a promising future ahead, whether that be with Tottenham or elsewhere.

Meanwhile, across London, Arteta is doing fine work with Spurs’ main rivals Arsenal. The Spaniard has led the Gunners to a title charge this season and the club are currently top of the league with seven games to go.

Whether they win the title or not, Arsenal have certainly shown the merits of having patience with a young manager and a young squad.

Speaking to Football.London, Gold was discussing the possibility of Vincent Kompany taking over at Spurs, and suggested Mason is the closest thing Spurs have to an Arteta-type coach.

Gold said: “I would say the closest thing Spurs have to Arteta is probably Ryan Mason, if you’re looking at a young former player who has only had assistant manager experience thus far (other than those seven matches in charge in 2021).”

However, Gold does not believe Spurs can afford to have that patience with Mason. He said: “Unfortunately it’s all about the money now and Spurs need every bit of it if they’re going to take on the clubs with bottomless cash reserves.

“Also, having Champions League football (on paper) helps you attract better players and managers. I’d also hope Spurs play a lot better next season than they do this season.

“Hope, of course, is a dangerous thing.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I have no doubt Ryan Mason will be a top coach one day, but I sadly don’t think he would be afforded the time or patience to achieve success at Spurs. I’m sure he would be happy to stick around for a while, but eventually he will want to walk his own path.

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