Ryan Mason, Tottenham interim boss speaks about Pochettino, Mourinho, Kane’s injury and Dele Alli

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Ryan Mason appointed as Spurs’ interim boss for the remainder of the season.

Tottenham appointed former midfielder Ryan Mason as the interim coach for the rest of the season after they sacked Jose Mourinho on Monday.

Having been forced into early retirement due to surgery on the fractured skull during his time at Hull City, Mason kickstarted his managerial career with Spurs’ youth ranks in 2019.

Ahead of his first game with Spur against Southampton, the 29-year-old spoke about his predecessors, Daniel Levy, Harry Kane’s fitness and Dele Alli.

Jose Mourinho

Mason said that he hasn’t had the opportunity to speak with the outgoing Mourinho but wished him success in his future.

No, I didn’t get the opportunity. Obviously, it all happened so fast for me in the morning yesterday so I didn’t have the opportunity. Listen, he’s been a great manager and has been a great manager for a very long time and I wish him all the best for the future.

Conversation with Daniel Levy

We had a very long conversation. I think it was yesterday morning, once the news broke I was in the building anyway because I had been working with the younger lads. 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.

Pochettino’s message

Yeah, we exchanged a couple of messages and [with] a couple of the other staff from his team as well. He’s very busy understandably but we’ve always had a great relationship. He loves this club as well. He wished me all the best and I’m sure we’ll be in contact in future as well.

Harry Kane’s injury update

I think with any injury you just take it day by day. Harry’s a professional, he’ll be doing all he can to get fit as soon as possible. It’s one of those, there’s no timescale on it. But hopefully, Harry won’t be out for too long.

Dele Alli boost

Of course. Whatever happened before, I wasn’t involved with, I’m not too sure what happened, but all I can take is the players, how they trained yesterday, how they trained today, the fitness of the guys, the mentality, the mindset, how the feeling is within the group, within the individual, then it’s our job to pick a team to win games of football.

Chances of making it to the top-four race

I think the most important thing for us is to take it game by game. In football things can change so quickly, the last 24 hours have shown that. But results can happen, things can happen and the most important thing for us is to prepare ourselves and be in the right frame of mind to go and win football matches and see where that takes us.