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Andros Townsend thinks Tottenham should give Ryan Mason the manager’s job on a full-time basis

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Andros Townsend thinks Tottenham should give Ryan Mason the manager’s job on a full-time basis as the approach of Gennaro Gattuso shows that the club are getting desperate

  • Andros Townsend played alongside Ryan Mason at Tottenham and England
  • Townsend thinks Mason has done enough to stay on for at least one more year
  • Tottenham have expressed interest in seven names – but the search goes on
  • Talks with Gennaro Gattuso ended after a move for Paulo Fonseca stalled 
  • Moves for Antonio Conte, Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino also failed
  • Mason won four of his six league games in charge – but the team came seventh 

Andros Townsend believes that Tottenham are scraping the barrel by pursuing Gennaro Gattuso and should give Ryan Mason the manager’s job on a full-time basis. 

Following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in April, Mason oversaw Spurs’ last six Premier League games of the season as caretaker boss, winning four of them. However, the team only qualified for the Europa Conference League after finishing seventh. 

It was revealed on Friday that talks with Gattuso had ended abruptly, with the club having previously missed out on Paulo Fonseca, Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Antonio Conte and former boss Mauricio Pochettino, and Townsend told talkSPORT that Daniel Levy should plump for the familiar option.

Andros Townsend was Ryan Mason's team-mate at Tottenham and England and backs him

Andros Townsend was Ryan Mason’s team-mate at Tottenham and England and backs him

Talks with Gennaro Gattuso ended abruptly amid a backlash from the club's supporters

Talks with Gennaro Gattuso ended abruptly amid a backlash from the club’s supporters

Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca had been set to take over before discussions broke down

Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca had been set to take over before discussions broke down

Spurs' pursuits of Antonio Conte and ex-Spurs man Mauricio Pochettino have also failed

Spurs’ pursuits of Antonio Conte and ex-Spurs man Mauricio Pochettino have also failed

‘I’ve had enough, just give it to Mason and get on with it,’ the former Tottenham player said. ‘Give it to him for a year, see how he gets on and then reassess next summer.

‘If you were going to get a top manager in, fair enough, Ten Hag, Pochettino, Conte, but after Conte turned it down it was clear nobody wanted the job.

‘If you’re going down to Gattuso, there’s clearly nothing else out there.

‘So if nobody wants the job, give it to a man in Ryan Mason who dealt with everything well under the circumstances. 

‘He dealt with all the European Super League fallout, he fronted the Harry Kane fallout on his own and ended the season well with Spurs by getting them into Europe… ish.

‘He deserves a fair crack at it and hopefully Daniel Levy does look into giving Ryan another go at it next season.’

A final-day win at Leicester ensured that Spurs qualified for the Europa Conference League

A final-day win at Leicester ensured that Spurs qualified for the Europa Conference League

Harry Kane's future is uncertain as he prepares for the crunch Euro 2020 game with Scotland

Harry Kane’s future is uncertain as he prepares for the crunch Euro 2020 game with Scotland

Brighton right back Tariq Lamptey is on Tottenham's wishlist with Serge Aurier also set to leave

Brighton right back Tariq Lamptey is on Tottenham’s wishlist with Serge Aurier also set to leave

Kane’s future is still uncertain as the 27-year-old prepares for England’s Euro 2020 grudge match against Scotland – and may still be in N17 by the time Tottenham host Kane’s potential suitors Manchester City on the opening weekend of the 2021-22 Premier League season.

Serge Aurier’s departure is imminent though, with Spurs looking to replace the Ivorian with Brighton right back Tariq Lamptey.

As Tottenham continue to search for Mourinho’s successor, who might they turn to? Read Adam Shergold’s comprehensive piece to find out. 

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