Ryan Mason's professional football career sadly came to a premature end in the wake of the skull injury he suffered, but he is now learning the ropes as a coach at Tottenham Hotspur, the club where he came through the ranks.
Since retiring in February last year, the 27-year-old has been shadowing and assisting Tottenham's coaches with training across a variety of age groups on a voluntary basis and is undergoing his coaching badges.
Earlier in March, Spurs Under-18 manager Matt Wells left his post to join the coaching staff at Fulham, the news of which prompted some Lilywhites fans to recommend Mason for the vacated role:
Cheers Parker...— (@AIdertonghen) March 7, 2019
This could mean Ryan Mason will takeover though
Mason in— C Lvnsn (@WhyCharlieHate) March 7, 2019
Now, Tottenham have announced that Mason will be in the dugout at their new stadium for their first ever match there, an Under-18 Premier League fixture against Southampton's U18s on Sunday 24 March.
As reported by the official Spurs website, Mason will join Head of Player Development John McDermott on the sidelines for the game, news which was also shared on Twitter, prompting much positive fan response:
Beautiful stuff— TottenhamTalk (@Tottenham__Talk) March 12, 2019
This is so amazing! Happy for you Ryan fans still love you and hope this won't be the first time you have a coaching role in the academy #OneOfOurOwn— Musa (@Musathfc) March 12, 2019
I'm about to cry. This is too perfect.— Reid Davis (@rundaddyFC) March 12, 2019
Couldn't happen to a nicer fella. Always gave 100% for the shirt. A fan favourite and one of our own. #COYS— Amos Hermens (@AmosHermens) March 12, 2019
Is Mason's role in the dugout for Spurs' first game at the new stadium a one-off gesture of goodwill or a stepping stone en route to replacing Wells as Under-18s coach permanently? Watch this space.