BBC pundit Chris Sutton doesn’t see there being any way that Ryan Mason will keep his job at Tottenham Hotspur going forward.
Spurs’ new manager bounce, if you’re the person that believes in that sort of thing, didn’t last that long this week. Following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and Mason’s appointment, they managed to pull off a 2-1 win over Southampton in the Premier League, but couldn’t back that up in the League Cup final as they fell 1-0 to Manchester City in a game where they rarely threatened to cause any trouble.
And speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live after the game, Sutton was responding to comments made by Mason that the process of building something at the club ‘has just started’, and he felt that there wasn’t going to be any chance that the interim manager gets the job permanently in the future:
“I don’t want to sound like I’m giving Ryan Mason a kicking, it’s an impossible situation for him. He’s thrown in, he’ll be proud, he’ll want to do the job, he loves the club. But the reality is, it’s an impossible situation for him, he couldn’t be expected to come here and win today, it was David & Goliath… he’s talking about a new process beginning and I understand that, but surely Spurs can’t give him the time to do that.”
TIF Thoughts on Chris Sutton’s comments about Ryan Mason at Tottenham Hotspur…
Sutton is right when it comes to the idea of time and how long it will take the club to achieve what they want. The fact that they appointed Mourinho in the first place with his track record of success shows that they want immediate results rather than a project that could yield results in five to ten years’ time.
Although, Sutton shouldn’t be so quick to totally dismiss the idea, after all, if Mason goes on a good run between now and the end of the season, then there’s nothing to stop Tottenham Hotspur from making him permanent manager, like Manchester United did with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It’s unlikely, but it still shouldn’t be ruled out at this stage.