Tottenham ‘will play like Tottenham’, says Mason after exchanging texts with Pochettino

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Ryan Mason has exchanged messages with Mauricio Pochettino and vowed his Tottenham side will “play like Tottenham Hotspur” as he prepares to become the youngest ever manager to take charge of a Premier League match.

Spurs face Southampton on Wednesday night with 29-year-old Mason at the helm. Tottenham confirmed on Tuesday that Mason will be in caretaker charge until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Monday following a disappointing run of form which has seen Spurs drop out of the race for the top four.

Mason, who is the club’s youngest ever manager, faced the media for the first time on Tuesday and he was asked what his Spurs side will look like.

Mason said: “I want us to be brave and aggressive and play like Tottenham Hotspur.

“I think it’s no secret that I love this football club. To spend 20 years of my 29 here and it’s a big part of me.

“We (Daniel Levy) had a very long chat. Once the news broke I was in the building. We had a conversation. I took training, we had another conversation and he asked me if I wanted it.”

Asked if he wanted the job permanently, he said: “Look it’s a bit of cliche but I only knew I was taking training yesterday. All of my focus is on the game tomorrow and then the weekend.

Kane’s fitness unclear

Mason was also asked whether he had been in contact with former Spurs boss Pochettino.

“Yes, ‘ve exchanged a few messages and with his coaching team. He’s a busy man,” added Mason, who said the last 24 hours had been a shock.

“Crazy. It’s football. Anything can happen and you have to be prepared for what football can throw at you.”

Mason confirmed Matt Doherty is back in contention tomorrow but Ben Davies is still out. He also said that Harry Kane’s fitness remains unclear.

“Not sure,” said Mason. “He didn’t train today. Taking it day by day. Not sure about the weekend yet.”

Kane limped off at the end of Friday’s 2-2 draw at Everton, having scored twice in what proved to be Mourinho’s final game in charge.

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