Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Ryan Mason as interim head coach until the end of the season, the club have announced.
Daniel Levy decided to pull the trigger on Jose Mourinho’s 17-month Spurs reign on Monday. Mourinho left with his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra, but Ledley King, who was a defensive coach, remains at the club. And now Spurs have confirmed King will continue in his role as first-team assistant.
Chris Powell and Nigel Gibbs will be interim assistant head coaches and Michel Vorm is interim goalkeeping coach.
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.”
It means 29-year-old Mason could win a piece of silverware in his second game in charge. Spurs face Man City at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday looking for their first piece of silverware in 13 years.
Ahead of that Mason will take charge against Southampton on Wednesday.
The club is due to hold a press conference on Tuesday, but it remains unclear who might be answering the questions as Levy looks to make his 10th managerial appointment in 20 years as chairman.
RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is the early favourite to replace Mourinho, though the German coach has also been linked with Bayern Munich.
The decision to move on from Mourinho will have been a tough one for Levy, who had long been an admirer of the Portuguese ever since his Chelsea days and was desperate to finally get him to the club in November 2019.
Mourinho welcome at Spurs
Levy spoke of his regret at firing Mourinho, but the timing of it – decided after Friday’s 2-2 draw at Everton – was ruthless.
Levy said on the club’s official website: “Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club.
“Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic.
“On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.
“He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution.”