Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold has claimed that any chance that Ryan Mason had of being appointed the permanent Tottenham head coach was ended by the North Londoners’ 3-1 defeat to Leeds United.
It did come as a bit of surprise when Tottenham announced last month that Mason would be taking over as interim head coach until the end of the season after the club sacked Jose Mourinho.
The former Tottenham midfielder became the youngest coach in history to take charge of a Premier League game.
Despite his lack of senior management experience, Mason had a solid start to his spell in charge of the first team, guiding them to wins over Southampton and Sheffield United while narrowly losing to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
However, the 29-year-old was out-thought by the experienced Marcelo Bielsa last Sunday as Tottenham fell to a 3-1 loss at Elland Road, a result which has effective ended the club’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Gold insisted that the performance and result against Leeds could be the final nail in the coffin of Mason’s chances of getting the job permanently.
The journalist said in the latest video on his YouTube channel (10:15): “Ryan Mason’s slim chance of being in the running for the permanent role’s gone I think that day. It kind of showed he just maybe isn’t ready yet.
“I think he’s going to be a terrific manager, and like I said before, everyone that I’ve spoken to has said his training sessions are superb, [and] he’s a very, very clever young coach.
“But I just think hopefully, I’d like to see whoever comes in take him into their staff and get him more and more experience, he may feel that like Scott Parker did that he’s ready to go off and, and be a manager himself.
“But I just think it’s probably not yet, and I think that match probably proved that, and it kind of put the final nail in the coffin as it were.”
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