Alasdair Gold has revealed that some at Tottenham are hopeful that Ryan Mason could one day manage the club.
Mason came through the Tottenham youth system and broke into the first team under Mauricio Pochettino, however, the midfielder had his playing career cut short after suffering a head injury in 2017 during his time at Hull City.
At just 29 years of age, he took over the reins as interim head coach at Spurs after Jose Mourinho’s sacking towards the end of the 2020/21 season, becoming the youngest manager in Premier League history.
Mason won four of his seven games in charge towards the end of the season, and he joined Antonio Conte’s coaching staff as a first-team coach when the Italian replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm in November of last year.
Gold has now revealed that there are high hopes over Mason at Tottenham and that the 31-year-old had the respect of the squad when he took over for a brief period in 2021.
However, the journalist suggested that the former midfielder might have to leave Spurs if he has ambitions of becoming head coach one day.
When asked if Tottenham believe Mason can become the club’s future manager, Gold responded on his YouTube channel: “I think they hope so, I do think they hope so. Let’s not forget he was Spurs manager at 29, the caretaker boss and I know people grumbled at the time, he did pretty well in the circumstances, the players respected him and his training sessions were supposed to be superb.
“Conte witnessed one of his training sessions when he first arrived and that sold him on Mason. I imagine Ryan Mason will want to be a manager sooner rather than later, I just wonder if he has to leave Spurs first to come back.”
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Even if Mason is good enough to take over directly at Spurs a few years down the line, it would be in his best interest to prove himself at a smaller club first. Otherwise, the first time that things go badly for him, fans will question his lack of credentials and experience.
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