Tottenham president Daniel Levy has confirmed Ryan Mason will take over the club for the remainder of the season following the departure of Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese tactician has been removed from his post following a string of miserable results that leave Spurs’ European ambitions for next season via their league hanging by a thread.
Spurs are currently seventh in the Premier League – five points out of the top four after playing one more game than several teams above them – with just six games of the season remaining.
The club’s only other path to a Champions League berth next season was recently blocked after being knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb after holding a 2-0 lead in the first leg.
News of Mourinho’s departure from the club seemed to be lost in the frenzied reaction to the formation of the Super League – a competition in which Spurs have signaled their intention to participate.
However, with arguably the biggest game of their season on the horizon as they face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, Daniel Levy has confirmed that Mason has been handed the reins before the clash and will take the lead until ‘at the end of the season.
In a statement posted on the club’s official website, Levy stressed his desire for the team to focus on their upcoming games and said they have all the tools they need to end the season on a high.
“We have great confidence in this team of talented players,” he said. “We have a cup final and six Premier League games ahead of us and we will now be focusing all of our energies on a good end to the season.”
Mason will be joined by Chris Powell and Nigel Gibbs as interim assistant head coaches, while Michel Vorm will take on the role of interim goalkeeper coach.
Ledley King has remained at the club after Mourinho’s exit and he will continue to play his role as first-team assistant.