Ryan Mason
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Tottenham have had their fair share of turmoil since being felled by Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League Final. With Jose Mourinho already out the door, it would appear that the North London club has found a solid manager for the future in Ryan Mason.

An academy graduate himself, having joined Tottenham aged eight, Mason impressed during his time with the U18s and the U19s in the UEFA Youth League, so much so in fact that he was appointed as Head of Player Development for the U17-U23 teams.

But it was during the latest of Spurs’ turmoil that the former midfielder separated himself, as he stepped up to manage the club in the fallout, with his first game being the English League Cup final. He became the youngest Premier League manager at just 29 years old and went on to secure Tottenham’s place in the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference.
His conduct off the pitch should also be celebrated: handling press questioning regarding Mourinho’s departure, the club’s controversial involvement in the proposed inception of the European Super League, fan protests, and the futures of Gareth Bale and talisman Harry Kane.

Mason suffered through adversity, losing the League Cup to eventual Premier League champions Manchester City and losing a Europa League spot to London rivals West Ham. By winning four out of his six league games, however, Mason brought a sense of optimism to a club that had been sorely missing it.

Ryan Mason had taken a backseat in the press as the focus sat on Harry Kane’s future following his interview with Gary Neville ahead of a defeat to Aston Villa. In fact, Kane seemed a shadow of himself during the final days as the usually prolific forward only managed two goals in six games, and it was the on-loan Gareth Bale who stepped in to fill the goalscoring void with six goals in seven games, including a hat-trick against Sheffield United.

Tottenham recently appointed Nuno Espirito Santo, the former manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers. This appointment has confirmed that Mason had not done enough to show the club’s leaders that he was ready for the role on a full-time basis.

Ryan Mason could well be the latest Spurs player-turned-manager to take a full-time role in the hot seat of a senior club. Much like Scott Parker, who managed Spurs U18s before taking a role with Fulham as a first-team coach, eventually becoming the manager of the club winning the Championship Play-Offs in 2020.

At just 29 years old, Mason has greater managerial experience than most of his peers. It has to be considered that Mason could be relied on in the future, even perhaps getting the gig full-time one day.

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