Daniel Levy has been gifted the chance to appoint a permanent Tottenham manager less than 24 hours after Julian Nagelsmann was ruled out.
News broke on Friday of Tottenham and Nagelsmann going their separate ways. Football London’s Alasdair Gold revealed the former Bayern Munich boss “is not being considered” for the Spurs role going forward.
Gold added Spurs are insistent they have not met with Nagelsmann and have no intention of doing so.
Fabrizio Romano subsequently shed light on why Nagelsmann to Tottenham won’t happen.
The trusted reporter tweeted: “The German coach was only prepared to consider Spurs project in case of new sporting director, supporting his ideas and daily job.”
Tottenham’s most recent sporting director was Fabio Paratici who resigned after seeing his appeal to overturn a worldwide 30-month ban from football rejected. As yet, a replacement has not been lined up.
But less than 24 hours after the Nagelsmann news, chairman Daniel Levy has been gifted the chance to appoint a candidate who insists he’s “ready” to take the reins.
The man in question is 31-year-old Ryan Mason who is currently in interim charge after relieving Cristian Stellini.
When asked in a recent press conference whether he can draw inspiration from Eddie Howe who became manager of Bournemouth aged just 31 back in 2008, Mason declared: “I’ve always said I’m ready.
“I’m ready for this moment. I feel like I can help the club. That’s my general feeling and I’ll stay true to that. That’s been my feeling ever since the club trusted me to take on this responsibility.
“Obviously, you mentioned Eddie Howe and he is an incredible manager. He’s an inspiration.
“I think one, probably not spoken about a great deal as well, is Gary O’Neil. The job that he’s done (at Bournemouth) has gone under the radar a little bit but a young English manager and his first job.”
Tottenham call could affect Harry Kane future
Mason has managed Tottenham in an interim capacity on two occasions, though has never been a permanent boss.
Appointing such an inexperienced option would unquestionably be a huge gamble for Spurs and Levy. What’s more, it’s been widely reported the future of Harry Kane could hinge on who Tottenham’s next permanent manager will be.
Kane will enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer and whether he’ll pen fresh terms is as yet unknown. If he doesn’t Man Utd are waiting in the wings.
While Mason may well go on to become a fine manager in his own right, it’s unlikely he’d impress Kane at such an early stage in his managerial journey.
Other candidates who’ve been linked with Spurs include Xabi Alonso (Bayer Leverkusen), Arne Slot (Feyenoord), Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers, to name just four.
If all else fails, Levy now knows he has a fall-back option in Ryan Mason.