Ryan Mason insists the Tottenham job is attractive to EVERY manager despite Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers and Julian Nagelsmann dropping out of the running… interim boss says Spurs boast the ‘best stadium, best training ground and fantastic players’
- Spurs dealt another blow in search for manager to succeed Mourinho
- Ajax coach Ten Hag opted to sign a new deal with the Dutch side on Friday
- Top choice Nagelsmann and Rodgers also proved to be out of reach
Ryan Mason insists the Tottenham job remains a hugely attractive proposition to any manager despite the north Londoners seeing a third managerial target drop out of the running.
Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag opted to sign a new deal with the Dutch champions elect on Friday.
Ten Hag was the latest name in Spurs’s sights to succeed Jose Mourinho permanently after top choice Julian Nagelsmann opted to join Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig and with Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers also proving out of reach.
Ryan Mason insists the Tottenham job remains a hugely attractive proposition to any manager
Interim manager head coach Mason said: ‘I’ve not heard anything. I’ve shut myself off from it. But listen, this is Tottenham Hotspur football club. There’s always going to be people interested.
‘We have the best stadium in the world in my opinion. And also the best training complex in the world in my opinion. It’s a fantastic group of players and a fantastic fan base.
‘So of course it’s going to be appealing to anyone. It’s a great football club. I’m probably biased because I feel passionately about it. But it’s a big football club as well.’
Confirmation of Nagelsmann’s decision and Rodgers reiterating insistence he will stay at Leicester this week elevated Ten Hag up Spurs’s list.
Chairman Daniel Levy was dealt a big blow in his search for a new Spurs boss on Friday
They held talks via zoom this week before the Dutchman met with Ajax officials on Thursday and they activated an option to secure him until 2023.
Ten Hag said: ‘I don’t want to rule out that that [Spurs] could have happened, but I know what I have here.’
Chairman Daniel Levy, who has yet to officially offer the job to anyone, would be willing to push the boat out for the right candidate, for example if there was a change in Rodgers’s situation and he became more obtainable.
Though, as well as wanting to make an appointment before the Euros, cost will also be a factor after the expensive hiring and firing of Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag agreed a contract extension with the Dutch giants on Friday morning
Ten Hag’s previous deal was due to expire in 2022, reducing the expense that would have been involved in appointing him before he committed his future to Ajax.
The out of work and experienced Ralf Rangnick will also now appeal on that front. As may Fulham’s Scott Parker and Brighton’s Graham Potter.
Both earn significantly less than Mourinho who was paid in the region of £10m-per-year at Spurs.
England boss Gareth Southgate and Belgium’s Roberto Martinez will not be available until after the Euros. Southgate is also keen to lead his country at next year’s World Cup.
Bayern Munich-bound Julian Nagelsmann was the early favourite to take over at Tottenham
Spurs then turned to Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers, who is not interested in the role
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