Tottenham’s new manager, Ryan Mason, expects a big response from his team after a dismal performance against Newcastle on Sunday.
Mason is Spurs’ third head coach in a turbulent season following the sack of Cristian Stellini on Monday after losing 6-1 at the St. James’ Park and is on his second term as caretaker manager having previously held the position at the end of the 2020-21 season after Jose Mourinho was fired.
Mason, while being only 31 years old, is the Premier League’s youngest manager and is ready to take on the challenge over the next six games. Since his early retirement in 2018, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been honing his coaching talents.
“I feel comfortable, it’s just part of being involved in football. You have to be ready and I am ready. I don’t doubt that. It’s just business,” Mason said ahead of fixtures with Manchester United and Liverpool this week.
“We’ve got a really, really big game Thursday and another one on Sunday. The focus on my behalf and the group is just to prepare for that.”
“(My first time as caretaker was) just confirmation that I’m absolutely ready for this sort of situation. We handled it well two years ago. A lot has happened in the last two years, but I feel fine and ready in this situation.”
When asked if he wanted the position full-time, Mason said:
“Yeah, I’m ready and if that situation happens it obviously means I have done a good job”.
“But that is obviously in the future of four, five, six weeks’ time and, like I said, the immediate thought is the game on Thursday and the game on Sunday”.
“We have some big weeks before anyone in here can start to think of that situation.”