Tottenham have appointed Ryan Mason as interim head coach until end of season

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Tottenham have appointed Ryan Mason as interim head coach until the end of the season.

Jose Mourinho was sacked on Monday after 17 months in charge, six days before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Former Spurs and Hull midfielder Mason, who was forced to retire from playing in 2018, steps up from his role as head of player development at the club.

Chris Powell and Nigel Gibbs will assist him, while Ledley King stays on as a first-team coach and former goalkeeper Michel Vorm returns to the club as a goalkeeping coach.

It is understood Mason has been put in charge because he is considered by the club to be close to many senior members of the squad, as well as impressing as an academy coach and then the head of player development.

His first game in charge is a Premier League match with Southampton on Wednesday, before leading his boyhood club out at Wembley on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final – both games live on Sky Sports.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “We have great belief in this squad of talented players.

“We have a cup final and six Premier League games ahead of us and we shall now focus all our energies on achieving a strong finish to the season.”

After joining the club as an eight-year-old, Mason played 70 times for Spurs between 2008 and 2016 before moving to Hull.

However, just six months into his stay at the Tigers he suffered a fractured skull that eventually forced him to retire 12 months later.

He returned to Spurs soon after in a coaching capacity and was named as the club’s head of player development in the summer of 2019.

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