Tottenham’s search for a new manager is proving to be a stressful one.
Indeed, Spurs’ top targets seem to be dropping like flies. Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want the job, Erik Ten Hag has just signed a new contract, while Julian Nagelsmann has joined Bayern Munich.
Tottenham’s shortlist is getting shorter and shorter, and it’s now being reported that there’s a growing belief at the club that Ryan Mason could actually get the job on a full-time basis.
Appointing a 29-year-old who has only ever managed three senior games in his life would be a bold move from Spurs, but it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve done something like this.
Indeed, back in 2013, Spurs appointed Tim Sherwood as their permanent manager after two games as interim boss, despite the fact he’d never held a senior management role before.
Unfortunately, Sherwood’s time at Tottenham didn’t exactly go to plan. He was sacked at the end of that season and, in the end, his inexperience showed.
Sherwood came from a similar background to Mason, he was a youth coach who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, but what’s worse is that Mason is even more inexperienced than Sherwood.
Yes, Mason has won both league games he’s managed so far, but victories against a struggling Southampton and a Sheffield United team that is amongst the worst sides the Premier League has ever seen shouldn’t put you in contention for one of the biggest jobs in England.
Levy has already made the mistake of appointing a rookie coach who was lacking the credentials once, so doing it again would be almost inexplicably.
Could Mason one day be a successful manager? Of course he could, but at this moment in time, Spurs need someone experienced and proven to steer the ship, not a 29-year-old with a month’s worth of experience managing at this level.
If Daniel Levy appointed Mason it would be shades of the Tim Sherwood appointment, and we all know how that turned out.