Ryan Mason send thinly-veiled Jose Mourinho dig and outlines Daniel Levy talks


Ryan Mason has said he will look to return Tottenham to their historical roots, after being named as the temporary replacement for Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese was sacked by Spurs on Monday, after just 17 months in charge, with performances and the style of football both coming in for criticism.

Aged just 29, Mason will become the Premier League ’s youngest boss when he takes charge of Wednesdat night’s clash with Southampton.

And asked what a Ryan Mason football side will look like, the former midfielder hinted there will be a clear change of style from the more pragmatic Mourinho.



Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham after just 17 months in charge
Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham after just 17 months in charge

“I’d hope to think it’s what a Tottenham Hotspur side would historically look like,” Mason explained. “I want us to be brave and aggressive, to play like Tottenham Hotspur.

“With such a short turnaround with games at the moment, the most important thing is to get the players in a right frame of mind, to give them some key principles in how we want to approach games of football and then hopefully as that goes on that can develop.”

Mourinho was sacked just days before the EFL Cup final with Manchester City, but when pressed on whether he had sympathy for the ex-boss, he was reluctant to focus on his achievements.



ENFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Ryan Mason, Interim Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspur speaks to media during a Press Conference following a Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on April 20, 2021 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Ryan Mason has said his Tottenham side will look to play with an aggressive style on the ball

“I don’t think it’s about the previous management. That’s gone now,” he added.

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“Our focus as a football club is to prepare for the game tomorrow, which we have done and once that’s out the way we can look to the next game. The most important thing for this football club is to win football matches.”

Mason, who was forced to retire in 2018 due to a skull injury, has been named as interim boss for the rest of the current campaign and opened up on talks with chairman Daniel Levy that saw him given the role.



Mason has taken the last two training sessions and will be in charge for Wednesday's clash with Southampton
Mason has taken the last two training sessions and will be in charge for Wednesday’s clash with Southampton

“We had a very long conversation,” he outlined. “We had a conversation. I took training and then we had another conversation and he asked me if I wanted it and if I was happy to help the club.

Obviously I was and the group were happy as well which is the most important thing and we look forward now.”

The one-time England international also admitted he has exchanged text messages with Mauricio Pochettino, but has yet to speak to the man he directly replaced in Mourinho.

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