Harry Kane has revealed that Ryan Mason brings a lot of enthusiasm to the Tottenham head coach role behind the scenes, while also complimenting his former teammate on his tactical changes.
The Spurs striker believes that the Lilywhites are still suffering from a lack of confidence, but the squad are behind Mason until the end of the season.
Regarding Mason’s position beyond that point, Kane was eager to point out that it would be up to the chairman and the club to decide who takes the permanent job.
This is the second time Mason has been in the hot seat, having taken over from Jose Mourinho when he was sacked in 2021, and then again when Cristian Stellini was relieved of his duties last month.
So far, Mason has masterminded a comeback in the 2-2 draw with Man United, scored three goals against Liverpool (albeit in a defeat), and then earned a 1-0 victory over high-flying Crystal Palace.
When asked about Mason, Kane said (Football London): “I think we’re all behind him. We know the club is in a situation where I spoke about getting some of the values back. I feel like Ryan brings all those attributes.
“He’s been here through the academy, he knows what it’s like as a fan, he knows what it’s like to play here. With that attitude and that desire, he brings a great enthusiasm to the coaching role here.
“Ultimately it will be down to the chairman and the club what they decide. But for these three games, we’re fully behind him to try to improve and to try to win and see what happens.”
On the tactical changes against Palace, Kane added: “Full credit to him. It was his first proper week.
“Last week wasn’t really a week because we played two games in four days. It was his first week of training and preparation.
“Obviously we changed the system a bit without the ball to go 4-4-2. Then with the ball to do what we’re used to with the 3-4-3 but to keep possession a little bit more, to be a bit more patient with the ball and not force it forward as quickly. I thought we controlled large spells of the game.
“I still think we’re lacking a bit of confidence in certain areas when under pressure, getting out of tight spaces, but that will come. That comes with working and training. Full credit to Ryan for making those decisions. I’m really happy we’ve been able to win and keep a clean sheet.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
It’s interesting to think back to when Conte was fired and wonder what would have happened had Mason been given the job right away. Or even if Conte had been fired a few games sooner. I really think Spurs could have at least made a meaningful push for the Champions League places.
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