‘It’s in my heart, my blood’ – Mason named Tottenham boss until end of seasonon April 20, 2021 at 2:31 pm

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Ryan Mason says he feels “immense pride” after being named head coach at Tottenham until the end of the season following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

Chris Powell and Ryan Mason

Former midfielder Mason, 29, who retired from playing in 2018 after suffering a fractured skull, has been working with the club’s academy.

He took first-team training on Monday following Mourinho’s departure.

“It’s no secret I love this club. To spend 20 years of my 29 years involved, it’s in my heart, my blood,” he said.

“I’ve always felt a massive connection with the fans. I’ve always felt loved.

“I’ll give my all to this group of players to win matches. I feel immense pride.”

Tottenham host Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday and meet Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

Chris Powell and Nigel Gibbs have been named interim assistant head coaches, with Michel Vorm as interim goalkeeping coach. Ledley King will continue in his role as first-team assistant.

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.”

England striker Harry Kane could miss the final after suffering an ankle injury in Mourinho’s last game, a 2-2 draw at Everton on Friday. He missed training on Tuesday.

Mason said: “We are taking it day by day. We are not sure about the weekend yet.”

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