Alasdair Gold has argued in his latest column for Football.London that Tottenham now cannot afford to make Ryan Mason their full-time head coach, given the anger that such a decision would generate among the fan base.
Mason has repeatedly insisted since taking over as interim head coach that he feels ready for the full-time role, pointing out that he knows the culture and the identity of the club better than most (Football.London).
Despite Tottenham falling to yet another loss against Aston Villa on Saturday, a result which severely dented the club’s European hopes, the 31-year-old reiterated in his post-match press conference that he has not changed his mind and believes in his plan to instil the right culture at the club (Daily Mail).
However, Gold believes that following the result on Saturday, Levy cannot feasibly turn to Mason because of the potential reaction from the fan base.
The journalist opined that the former Tottenham midfielder is now ‘guilty by association’ and that supporters want change rather than someone they perceive as an ‘inside man’ to get the job.
Gold added that the best thing for Mason this summer would be to apply for jobs and build his managerial career away from N17 as many who have worked with him expect him to have a successful coaching career.
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Even if Mason had a transformative effect on the team and picked up good results, it would still have been a risk for Tottenham to employ him, given his lack of experience at the highest level.
There are some moments when taking such a gamble would make sense for clubs but now is not such a moment for Spurs.
The club simply cannot afford to get their next appointment wrong or they would risk slipping too far behind the top teams in the Premier League.
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