Serge Aurier has urged Tottenham to hand Ryan Mason the reins on a full-time basis, stating that the 31-year-old deserves a chance to show what he can do.
Aurier did play under Mason when he was given the job on an interim basis two years ago after Jose Mourinho‘s sacking.
While the former Tottenham midfielder boasted a good record at the time, his second stint at the helm has not gone as well on paper, with the Lilywhites having won one and lost two of his four games in charge.
Following Spurs’ 2-1 loss at Villa Park, Mason reiterated in his post-match press conference that he is ready to take on the responsibility full-time and that he believes in the work he is doing to instil the right culture at the club (Daily Mail).
However, Alasdair Gold argued in his latest column for Football.London that Daniel Levy cannot realistically turn to the 31-year-old as such a decision would not be received well by the Spurs fan base.
Aurier believes that Mason has what it takes to manage Spurs permanently, given his understanding of the club.
The former Tottenham right-back told The Evening Standard: “It’s been difficult for Spurs, but [the season] has been difficult for everyone.
“I am really happy for the new manager because he has a good idea for the team.
“When they sacked [Jose] Mourinho, he [Mason] picked the team and we did well.
“They need to give him one chance to finish the season and maybe to start next season, because he has the mentality of the club. For me, he is really good manager.”
Asked whether Spurs should appoint Mason full-time, the Nottingham Forest star said: “Of course. Why not? It makes sense to try.
“If he picks the team each week, why not try him? He knows the players, he knows everyone at the club, and he has experience.
“Not much, because he is young, but he has the character to keep that team [together] and to do a good job. It is difficult always to change the manager every time.
“They have to believe in him and give him a chance.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Even if the Tottenham hierarchy are convinced that Mason has the talent and the personality to do a decent job, I do not think they would consider handing him the reins permanently.
Now is simply not the time to take even a slight risk as the club is at a crossroads and a lot is riding on getting the managerial appointment right.
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