Ryan Mason’s former Tottenham teammate Andros Townsend has spoken of his pleasure following the 29-year-old’s appointment as interim head coach.
And the ex-Spurs winger believes his age may have no affect on the squad, whereas revealing he believes Mason might reintegrate Dele Alli again into the aspect within the closing seven video games of the season.
Townsend and Mason have been within the Tottenham academy collectively from the age of eight, enjoying for the membership collectively on 20 events, whereas additionally making one England look concurrently.
The Three Lions look got here in opposition to Italy with substitute Mason aiding Townsend, who fired residence a Three Lions equaliser past Gianluigi Buffon.
Now, the 29-year-old former midfielder will exchange Jose Mourinho answerable for Tottenham till the tip of the present marketing campaign, turning into the Premier League’s youngest-ever supervisor, after the Portuguese’s dismissal on Monday.
Mason’s former teammate has adopted his profession after the top damage which ended his enjoying days again in 2018 when he was enjoying for Hull City.
And Townsend is delighted his previous mate, who he has recognized since they have been youngsters, is getting the chance show his credentials as a younger coach having put in three years of arduous work.
“Clearly I used to be in numerous shock [after the announcement]. I’ve recognized Ryan for the reason that age of eight, so I don’t actually see him in that means,” Townsend advised the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“It’s totally deserved. He’s clearly had a traumatic expertise having to retire at 26 and having to cope with all of the feelings that go together with that. He dabbled within the media a bit however it felt like that path wasn’t for him.
“He began doing his teaching badges went again to Spurs to work with the younger boys. His dream got here true as a participant and now it’s coming true as a supervisor.
“I’m pleased with him. I’m delighted for him and I’m praying that he does a superb job.”
Requested if Mason’s age might need a unfavorable affect on some gamers, Townsend replied: “I don’t assume so as a result of, sure, he’s solely 29 however it’s important to take into consideration what number of years of expertise he’s has.
“He retired at 26, he’s had three years expertise of A, going via his teaching badges, and B, teaching the youth staff. So he’s bought three or 4 years of expertise.
“He’s clearly a Spurs boy, he’s come via the academy. He is aware of all of the gamers nicely. He’s had the expertise of teaching the youth staff for a few years. I believe he’s greater than capable of do the job that he’s required to do no less than till the tip of the season.
“When he initially retired he went again to Spurs and studied Pochettino for a yr or so. I’m positive Pochettino has been on the telephone giving him recommendation.”
Townsend continued: “The factor about Ryan is that he is aware of the membership, he is aware of what the followers need.
“Everybody is aware of what the followers need, to be trustworthy. They need attacking soccer, they need the gamers to play the Spurs means, which is free-flowing attacking soccer and I’m positive Ryan Mason will do his utmost to convey that to the membership for the final seven video games, together with the cup closing. That will probably be his intention.
“Sure, he’s not going enhance Gareth Bale or let’s say make Harry Kane a greater participant in seven video games however what he’ll try to do is change the tradition inside the membership and try to get them enjoying extra constructive, attacking soccer that the followers need to see.”
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RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann and Leicester City gaffer Brendan Rodgers are amongst the frontrunners for the everlasting Spurs job in the summertime, however Townsend feels Mason’s spell as interim boss may very well be a superb audition for the full-time position.
“I’d assume so,” added the Crystal Palace winger.
“If he wins them a trophy within the final seven video games and will get them within the Champions League or near the Champions League, then why not?”
Mason’s staff choice will probably be fascinating for followers and neutrals give the likes of Gareth Bale and Dele Alli being sidelined below former boss Mourinho.
Townsend, although, reckons we might see each play within the Carabao Cup closing in opposition to Manchester City.
Requested concerning the form of aspect he might see Mason choosing, he added: “The truth that he’s Spurs fan and he is aware of what the followers need, clearly a entrance three, in an excellent world, of [Harry] Kane, [Heung-Min] Son, and [Gareth] Bale. Hopefully that’s for Sunday [against Manchester City] as a result of Kane’s battling an damage.
“Behind, for me, [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg has to play, so Hojbjerg, [Tanguy] Ndombele, possibly Dele Alli. He’s not performed in a very long time, is he match match, is he not? Possibly Lucas [Moura] initially as he’s been certainly one of their greatest gamers not too long ago and he’s in control however I’m positive he’ll look to combine Dele Alli as fast as doable if he’s match to take action.”