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Mason can be top boss, insists Lloris


Ryan Mason

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Ryan Mason

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris says Ryan Mason has already shown he is ready to be a successful manager.

Mason, 29, became the youngest boss in Premier League history when he was appointed as Spurs' interim head coach until the end of the season following Jose Mourinho's sacking on Monday.

The former Spurs midfielder, who was forced to retire in 2018 after a sickening head injury, has only been working as a coach in the club's academy for two years, but has impressed Lloris ‑ a former team-mate - with his approach. He started with a 2-1 win over Southampton in his first game in charge on Wednesday and his credentials will now be put firmly to the test in tomorrow's Carabao Cup final with Manchester City.

"Honestly if the club gives him this responsibility it's because he's got the confidence of people at the club," the France goalkeeper said.

"He's got the club DNA. Then he's got the football approach he tried to bring to the team. He's ready. He knows exactly what to say to the players.

"He's got the proximity to the players that's helping him. Then it's about the (team) leaders as well to show their leadership. But he's got a real philosophy of football. It will surprise you."

Spurs, who are giving Harry Kane to the last minute to prove his fitness, are aiming to end a 13-year trophy drought this weekend against City in the Carabao Cup, as they bid to put League Cup final defeats in 2009 and 2015 and the 2019 Champions League final behind them.

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Lloris said: "The only thing that we know in football is that you never know when the next opportunity to win a trophy will be. So we have to be at our best, work as a team and leave everything on the pitch with pride."

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