Tottenham Hotspur confirms Ryan Mason will take charge as Interim Head Coach as temporary replacement for Jose Mourinho.
Mason progressed through the youth ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and made his first-team debut in 2008. He was loaned to Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town, and played his first Premier League match for Tottenham in 2014.
After establishing himself in the Tottenham first-team squad, he made his full international debut for England in March 2015. Mason moved to Hull City in 2016 for a club-record fee, where he suffered a fractured skull in January 2017 in a match against Chelsea.
After a prolonged treatment and on the advice of medical specialists, he retired from playing competitive football in February 2018.
Mason joined the Tottenham Hotspur academy aged eight, before signing a professional contract with the club in August 2008. He made his first-team debut in the group stages of the UEFA Cup on 27 November 2008, coming on as an added-time substitute for David Bentley in a 1–0 away win against Dutch club NEC.
During the 2008–09 season, he topped the Academy scoring sheets with 29 goals in 31 matches as Spurs finished runners-up in the Premier Academy League.
The 29-year-old former midfielder, 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 Tottenham’s sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Mason will face the media on Tuesday before Wednesday’s Premier League game against Southampton.
His second game in charge will be Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley.
The club also confirmed that Chris Powell and Nigel Gibbs will be interim assistant head coaches, with Michel Vorm as interim goalkeeping coach while 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.”
Mason, who had been serving as the club’s head of player development, will now be tasked with delivering their first major trophy since 2008 and will see out the remainder of the season before a new permanent boss is appointed over the summer.